The DIR Model Program

The DIR Model Program


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In the name “Developmental, Individual-Difference, Relationship based approach,” “Developmental” refers to the capacities on the FEDC chart, “Individual-Difference” refers to the unique way a child processes information and “Relationship-based” refers to our understanding of the learning relationships that enable a child to progress in his development. Floortime is one component of a comprehensive DIR-based intervention program. Floortime focuses on creating emotionally meaningful learning interactions that encourage mastery of the developmental capacities. The DIR model has helped many children with developmental delays such as autism spectrum disorders learn to relate to adults and peers with warmth and intimacy, communicate meaningfully with emotional gestures and words, and think with a high level of abstract reasoning and empathy.  The DIR model allows us to integrate emotional, social, intellectual, and educational goals for each child.

-adapted from Engaging Autism: Using the Floortime Approach to Help Children Relate, Communicate, and Think, by Stanley Greenspan & Serena Wieder.