DIR-Floortime therapy: Refurbishing the relationship with your child through play

In our latest blog, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist Zuzana Camm, tells us about DIR-Floortime therapy, and how it’s become her life mission to help parents who are finding it hard to connect with their child.

To make an appointment with Zuzana or speak to her about your concerns, please call us on 0208 6737930.

Discounted DIR Floortime Therapy Sessions

For children with autism and other developmental delays, the world can be confusing. Trying to communicate with these children can be a struggle, as they often seem to be locked inside their own impenetrable worlds. The DIR-Floortime model offers a way to engage with these children in order to bring them into a shared world, to develop their social, emotional and intellectual capacities.

The DIR Floortime™ Therapy Approach

This summer three members of the CT team attended a DIR Floortime™ Therapy Approach seminar presented by Jake Greenspan and Tim Bleecker, to learn about this ASD therapy programme which some of our clients follow.

What is Floortime Therapy?

In DIR, D is for ‘Developmental,’ I is for ‘Individual Differences’ and R is for ‘Relationship-based.’  Floortime therapy is different to other ASD programmes that ‘condition’ or train a child to respond in sociable ways. Instead, Floortime follows the child’s lead, using what the child enjoys and plays with to help them learn vital social skills, such as two-way communication.  If that means getting down on the floor to play with a ball or a car, that is what the adult does. The parent/teacher or therapist will play with the child and add the learning on to this. They may use sensory toys, swings and physical games, symbolic toys such as stuffed animals or ‘little world’ people depending on the play ability of the child.