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Register Now for Rebecca School’s 2019 DIR Conference!

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What are the essential components to promote a student’s creativity and curiosity? During this one day conference, participants will understand how Floortime™ and the DIR® model can be used across the disciplinary domains with students of all ages.  Breakout sessions will address a range of themes including how curiosity and creativity develop through meaningful relationships across the developmental ladder. By cultivating curiosity and creativity, students are able to build a strong foundation necessary for productive learning and development in a shared world. Presenters from the Rebecca School, the self-advocacy and ICDL community will show how following a student’s passion can both build a strong relationship and accomplish discipline specific goals. This conference is open to self-advocates, professionals and parents.

Keynote Speaker: Morénike Giwa Onaiwu

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Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, is an Autistic woman of color, educator, writer, public speaker, parent, and global advocate. A proactive, resourceful professional, Morénike, whose undergraduate and graduate degrees are in International Relations and Education, is passionate about human rights, justice, and inclusion. She is a contributing author/editor of several publications, abstracts, and books focusing on community engagement, HIV research, disability, diversity, and nontraditional leadership. Morénike has been an invited speaker in the White House, at the UN, and numerous national disability, advocacy, and research conferences.


Date:  Friday, March 8th, 2019  8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location:  Rebecca School- 40 East 30th St. NY, NY


Please fill out and email this Rebecca School Presentation Proposal 2019 ICDL form to rebeccaschoolconference@gmail.com


Register Now for DIR Conference 2016!

We are pleased to announce Rebecca School’s 2016 DIR Conference!

April 15th, 2016
8:30 am- 4:00 pm
Learning Through Relationships:

Using DIR® Floortime™ to Promote Thinking and Development

Click here to read about this year’s conference, including keynote speakers, our new location, and more!

This year we are also offering CEUs through ICDL!

Click here to register for Rebecca School’s 2016 DIR Conference at ICDL!

Tina McCourt & Gil Tippy with Dr Stephen Shore

Registration is Open! DIR® Conference 2015!

PLEASE JOIN US FRIDAY APRIL 24, 2015 for the Rebecca School 2015 DIR® Conference!

This year’s theme is “Respecting Autism in a DIR School,” and we host it here at Rebecca School in New York City.

Gil Tippy at Rebecca School's DIR Conference 2014!

Gil Tippy at Rebecca School’s DIR Conference 2014!

Keynote speakers include:
Dr. Gil Tippy & Dr. Stephen Shore with Jeff Guenzel from ICDL to introduce the speakers.

Click here to download the schedule for the day.

Registration: $100

OTs, PTs, SLPs, Teachers, Music Therapists, Psychologists, and anyone interested in Floortime are welcome!

 the full registration page is here:


“Respecting Autism” Conference now available online!

from our Clinical Director Gil Tippy:

I am so excited to announce that the FREE online version of the Respecting Autism Conference we did in Middlebury, Vermont, in conjunction with The Rebecca School, The Sapphire Center and Middlebury College is now available to anyone who wants to view it!

Please send this invite to everyone and anyone you think might use this, whether parent or professional, group or other. Anyone can take the link and log on and watch 10 hours of great developmental work, explained.

This course is primarily a series of video presentations, all of which can be found in the Content section. Please see the Discussion section for posting questions and discussing topics!

Respecting Autism Conference Panel

This is a great, FREE way to see how DIR/Floortime is supposed to be done, by some of the greatest practitioners in the field.

To confirm your participation, please register using the following link. Once you create an account, you will be enrolled automatically and can begin.


When you click on the link above you will be taken to a request page. Give us your email, and your name, and you will get an email from us with logon credentials. That’s all it takes!

Our Music Therapists at Mid-Atlantic Regional Music Therapy Conference!


Our Music Therapy department attended and presented at the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional Music Therapy Conference in Ocean City Maryland this past weekend, over 660 music therapists and music therapy students were in attendance!

Stacey taught a continuing education class, “Finding Freedom at the Piano:Expanding Clinical Improvisational Skills through Innovative Methods” providing theoretical and experiential instruction. Zach presented a case study from his training at the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Clinic at NYU. The entire music therapy department, Stacey, Zach, Anne and Pete had the opportunity to present, “Sharing an Experience, DIR© and Group Music Therapy” highlighting how improvisational music therapy used within the DIR© model can provide important ways for students to interact with their peers through meaningful shared music experiences.

Attendees expressed their appreciation for being able to be introduced to this work as well as continue to learn from the work as this is the sixth year music therapists from the Rebecca School have presented the collaboration of DIR© and improvisational music therapy.

Gil Tippy and Rae Leeper at ICDL International Conference 2014

from Gil Tippy:

Rae and I got a chance to present at the Interdisciplinary Council for Development and Learning’s (ICDL) International Conference on 11/9/14. We presented on the way that a DIR/Floortime curriculum meets the requirements of the Common Core Standards, is relatively easy to do, and is very effective with kids on the Autism Spectrum. The work is from the Rebecca School in Manhattan, where I am the Clinical Director and one of the Founders, and Rae is the Educational Coordinator, and also a founding member of the faculty at the school. This is really a teaser, and if people want to see the entire thing I would be happy to put it together in small segments. You could contact Rae at the Rebecca School, or me through my blog or website. We were really happy to be so well received by the audience. We think this is the answer for how to meet the Common Core Standards for kids with developmental challenges, and for neurotypical students as well. Good developmental work is simply right in many different situations.

Vermont Conference Recap!

Gil Tippy reports on our presentations in Vermont:

At the Rebecca School, we are still on a high, after the amazing conference, “Respecting Autism“, we gave at Middlebury College on September 27th. In conjunction with the Sapphire Center, a very cool local center for kids with developmental challenges that is doing DIR/Floortime, staff from the Rebecca School presented a full day conference on what Floortime looks like in a school setting, when it is done well.

Presentations on Parent Support, Visual Spatial support, Floortime with a group of challenging students, Lunchtime Speech and Language programming, our Café Rebecca Program, our Music Therapy program, a panel discussion with all of us, and my keynote on the importance of thinking. It was an amazing day!

Here is the good news! We recorded the entire thing! Our amazing Creative Services director, Billy Gomberg, worked tirelessly all day, and as a result, we will be able to offer the entire conference, the very best of Floortime in the school setting, to everyone, for free! Through the generosity of Tina McCourt, the Program Director of the Rebecca School, we will be able o put all the presentations on-line. So, if you were unable to make it to Middlebury on September 27th, you will be able to see the whole thing, on-line. Watch this space, because as soon as we have the material edited, and the server space set up, we will let you know.

It was a great day!

Respecting Autism Conference Panel

Respecting Autism Conference Panel

Petra Daitz answers questions from an audience member

Petra Daitz answers questions from an audience member

Yummy Cafe Rebecca cookies at the conference

Yummy Cafe Rebecca cookies at the conference

Gil Tippy enjoying lunch al fresco in Middlebury

Gil Tippy enjoying lunch al fresco in Middlebury

Physical Therapy Supervisor Meghan Collins talks about visual/spatial support

Physical Therapy Supervisor Meghan Collins talks about visual/spatial support

Music Therapy Supervisor Stacey Hensel presents on our Music Therapy program

Music Therapy Supervisor Stacey Hensel presents on our Music Therapy program

RS at Middlebury College!

from our Clinical Director, Gil Tippy:

Here is an invite for an event that we are doing at Middlebury College on Sept. 27th. Rebecca Staff is volunteering their time, on a long weekend, and the conference fee  is small, $75.00, is only covering this very small school’s costs, and their are scholarships for the fee, generously supported by a local business. If you are in Vermont on the 27th, you could see the greatest group of Floortimers I have ever met, present their work. Come see the autism intervention that is fully compatible with the Common Core Standards.

View the Facebook event page!