DIRFloortime® intensives can benefit a wide range of children and families with challenges in various areas, including: relational, communication, sensory processing, and social emotional areas of development.
Research has supported that children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders can particularly benefit from interventions using the DIRFloortime® model. DIRFloortime® intensives are scheduled on a customizable, individualized basis to allow for maximum flexibility around family need and availability. Families travel both domestically and internationally to participate in DIRFloortime® intensives.
What is DIRFloortime®?
DIRFloortime® is a therapeutic model developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan, MD, and Dr. Serena Wieder, PhD. DIR® stands for Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship-based approach. DIRFloortime® provides a comprehensive framework for understanding and treating children. Rather than focusing on symptoms alone, DIRFloortime® helps children master the foundational building blocks of relating, communicating, and thinking.
DIRFloortime® intensives support the development of DIRFloortime® goals within a multidisciplinary model. Specific therapy disciplines involved typically include occupational therapy, speech therapy, and mental health therapy. Other disciplines and modalities can be incorporated on an individualized basis. Intensive parent coaching is also provided to allow for parents’ generalization of therapy strategies after the intensive. Consultation and collaborative meetings with families and leading professionals trained in DIRFloortime® are also integrated into the intensive. This structure of the intensive allows for maximum carryover across environments.
For more information and details about the DIRFloortime® therapeutic model in general, please see our DIRFloortime® page.
To schedule a DIRFloortime® Intensive contact the Occupational Therapy Intake line at 847.663.1020 ext. 153.
Beth specializes in sensory processing and motor disorders. She helped to develop the TIMP, a diagnostic motor evaluation for premature and infants. Beth also lectures on treatment models such as the DIRFloortime.
Occupational therapy helps children and adults develop the underlying foundational skills needed for play, socialization, learning, and participation in daily living activities.
Speech-language pathology help to treat issues with sound production, articulation, language development, fluency/stuttering, feeding & swallowing, and other areas of communication.
Other therapeutic intensive treatments offered at Beth Osten & Associates.
Bike Riding - An intensive that supports achieving this milestone by working step by step until we can “lose the training wheels.”
Fine Motor - This focuses on promoting improvement of hand strength and coordination, visual-motor connection, as well as other skills needed to meet the fine motor demands of various age groups.
Sensory Integration & Sensory Processing - Our goal is facilitate improvement in processing and integrating sensory information to promote better access to social interaction and daily functional tasks across environments.
Interactive Metronome® - We combine therapist expertise with IM technology to support the improvement of Neurotiming within key parts of the brain involved in motor and sensory skills, cognition, and communication.
Handwriting - We address the foundational elements of developing fine motor skills including strength, coordination, and manipulation, all in a fun and supportive environment.
AIT - Using the AIT technology, we can promote developing self-regulation, speech/language skills, spatial orientation, and decreasing hypersensitivity to sound.