Chatterboxes’ speech-language pathologists are trained to provide DIR®/Floortime™ to their patients when appropriate.
DIR®/Floortime™ is a framework
which helps parents, clinicians and educators complete comprehensive
evaluations and develop treatment programs customized to the unique strengths
and weaknesses of children with developmental challenges, including Autism
Spectrum Disorders (ASD), among others. The DIR®/Floortime™ model aims to build
the underpinnings for social, emotional, and intellectual capabilities, rather
than focusing on individual skills and behaviors.
D = Developmental: Functional developmental capacities that integrate the most essential cognitive and affective processes
I = Individual Differences: Biologically-based differences in sensory processing, modulation, muscle tone, and motor planning and sequencing
R = Relationship: Affective interactions build social and emotional development, intelligence, and morality
Basic Principles of Floor
Follow the child’s lead
Join in at the child’s developmental level and build upon his/her natural
Open and close circles of communication
Create a play environment
Extend the circles of communication
Broaden the child’s range of interactive experience
Tailor the interaction to the child’s individual differences
8) Simultaneously attempt to
mobilize the six functional developmental level
For more information on the DIR®/Floortime™ Model, please visit: www.icdl.com.