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.