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Floortime Therapies

Floor-Time (DIR method)

Floor-time, also known as the DIR model, was founded by Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D. Floor-time stands for The Developmental, Individual Difference, and Relationship - Based Model for Intervention.

Who is Stanley Greenspan?

He has made research for the emotional milestones of development his life's work. He is the author of more than twenty books and one hundred articles. Other accomplishments include:

  • Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Behavior Sciences and Pediatrics at George Washington University Medical School

  • Supervising Child Psychoanalyst at Washington Psychoanalytic Institute

  • Chairman of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders

  • Founder and former president of zero to three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families

  • Practicum Child Psychologist

What is Floor-time (DIR)?

The floor time model focuses on six stages of emotional development: focus and attention, engaging and relating, simple two-way gesturing, complex problem-solving, creative use of ideas and symbols, and analytic/logical thinking

In this model, language, as well as social and emotional skills, are learned through relationships that involve emotionally meaningful exchanges.

For more information on this researched based approach check out the book written by Stanley Greenspan, M.D. & Serena Wieder, PH.D. The book came out this year, 2006. Engaging autism: Using the floortime approach to help children relate, communicate, and think

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