~ Stanley Greenspan ~
Does your child have challenges learning? Is it a challenge to connect and play with your child?
The DIR® model developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and his colleagues, nurtures and develops communication, decision-making, and self-regulation skills through play.
I use the DIR “Parent Coaching” model to help families, parents, and caregivers:
This is so much more than just “letting them do what they want” or imitation. It is getting to know your child deeply, entering their world, and providing the “just right challenge” to develop to their fullest potential.
"No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship."
~ James Comer ~
"45 years ago Monica was my preschool teacher and she patiently helped me learn to tie my shoes along with many other skills. We didn’t know then it was the beginning of a lifelong friendship. 40 years later my daughter had the chance to do DIR with Monica. It was a great experience for her. These are some of the photos of them working together."
~ Christine S., USA
Though it looks different with a baby than with an older child, the three underlying guiding principles are still the same across developmental levels.
(D) What are their Developmental/functional levels?
(I) Each child is an Individual and should be treated as such.
(R) We must build a solid Relationship so each child can learn.
Parents, caregivers, and educators help learners to develop the following capacities and climb the Functional Emotional Developmental Ladder seen in the trunk of the tree.
DIRFloortime® (also known as Floortime) is an intervention that is used to promote an individual’s development through a respectful, playful, joyful, and engaging process. It uses the power of relationships and human connections to promote engagement, communication, positive behaviors, and thinking. It is based on the DIR® model that was developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and his colleagues.
It is used around the world by teachers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, mental health professionals, parents, and many others that care for individuals with developmental challenges or other related needs. It is an evidence-based approach to promoting human development that is used with children, young adults, and even adults…especially those on the autism spectrum.