Tune in to Vice On HBO tonight for a special episode covering autism spectrum disorders featuring Rebecca School!
SAVE THE DATE!
Rebecca School’s 2018 DIR Conference will be held on Friday March 9, 2018!
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
This year we are also offering CEUs through ICDL!
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.
Keynote speakers include:
Dr. Gil Tippy & Dr. Stephen Shore with Jeff Guenzel from ICDL to introduce the speakers.
OTs, PTs, SLPs, Teachers, Music Therapists, Psychologists, and anyone interested in Floortime are welcome!
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.
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!
Over this past summer, Tina McCourt and Dr. Gil Tippy were interviewed for NPR’s Radiolab podcast…which just went live! Listen here:
Ron and Cornelia Suskind had two healthy young sons, promising careers, and a brand new home when their youngest son Owen started to disappear.
3 months later a specialist sat Ron and Cornelia down and said the word that changed everything for them: Autism.
In this episode, the Suskind family finds an unlikely way to access their silent son’s world. We set off to figure out what their story can tell us about Autism, a disorder with a wide spectrum of symptoms and severity. Along the way, we speak to specialists, therapists, and advocates including Simon Baron-Cohen, Barry and Raun Kaufmann, Dave Royko, Geraldine Dawson, Temple Grandin, and Gil Tippy.