Beth Osten & Associates
Pediatric & Adult Therapy Services
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DIRFloortime®

 

DIRFloortime® provides a comprehensive framework for understanding and treating children with various developmental needs. Rather than focusing on symptoms alone, DIRFloortime® helps children master the foundational building blocks of regulation, engagement, joint attention, communication & language, motor skills, cognition, ideation and execution, and social problem-solving. This work helps children construct an optimal foundation for lifelong relating, learning and communicating.

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.

 
 
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What is DIR®?

DIR® stands for Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship-based approach.

D: Developmental Capacities - The developmental capacities are measured by performance within particular milestones. Reaching these functional/emotional milestones lays the foundation for healthy, emotional and intellectual growth.

I: Individual Differences - Identifying each child’s individual differences is an integral component to this approach. Each child has a unique way of responding to his or her environment, and individual biological challenges can impact a child’s ability to learn and grow.

R: Relationships - This element promotes warm, interactive relationships to help the child engage, connect, and participate in rich back and forth social exchanges. Utilizing this relationship-based approach facilitates the child’s ability to progress through the developmental and emotional milestones.

 

What is Floortime™?

Floortime™ is the DIR® model treatment approach. It involves meeting a child at their current developmental level, and building upon their particular set of strengths and motivational drives. The Floortime™ method helps children’s ideas become broad and rich by providing opportunities for success while gradually incorporating increased demands. This allows a child to climb the developmental and emotional ladder, learn to relate in a meaningful and spontaneous way, and become a flexible thinker.

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Parents are the most integral part of any therapy program.

Working together as a team allows for a comprehensive approach and the most opportunities for carryover at home.


 
 

DIRFloortime® Intensives

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.

 
 

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