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  • DIRFloortime conference
The Egyptian Autistic Society is proud to announce that it will be hosting  Dr Diane Cullinane and Julie Miller, OTR. who will be  presenting a 2 day certified conference in DIR®/Floortime on 14/2/2018-15/2/2018 at the Fairmount Nile towers

This 2 day conference presents an introduction to the DIR®/Floortime approach to understanding and helping children with autism and other developmental challenges. We will describe the overall DIR® framework, and the goals and strategies used in the six functional emotional developmental milestones. This approach, first described by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder is widely used to understand behavior and support development in children of all ages and abilities.  

Course Objectives
• Describe the three components of the DIR (Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based) approach and how they interact
• Describe  the six Functional Emotional Developmental  milestones and corresponding strategies for each
• Identify the specific goals of using the DIR/Floortime approach for a child with special needs 


What is DIR®/Floortime?

DIR®/Floortime is a comprehensive approach to working with children with autism and other developmental challenges. It was developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and Dr. Serena Wieder and is now used by clinicians and parents throughout the world.  This form of intervention is particularly helpful to children with difficulties in relating and communicating in social interactions. 


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DIR®/Floortime integrates multiple areas of development, including motor, communication, cognitive and social-emotional functioning to consider how the child is functioning in increasing ‘capacities’ or milestones across all areas.  These milestones are:



I.               Self-Regulation and Shared Attention

The capacity to be calm, attentive and interested in the world  


II.             Forming relationships: engagement, intimacy and trust



III.           Two-way communication

Initiating and responding in interactions while feeling a range of different emotions; circles of interaction


IV.           Continuous flow of co-regulated interactions; shared goals and shared problem solving; behavioral organization, forming a sense of self


V.             Creative use of ideas, symbols and word


VI.           Logical thinking



In DIR®/Floortime all interactions are tailored to the child’s individual differences. These include the way a child responds to sensory experiences, such as sound and touch, and each child’s ability to plan and coordinate body movements. 




Children learn and develop through interactions with important people in their lives. DIR®/Floortime supports a child’s learning through these emotionally meaningful relationships.



DIR® programs utilize a variety of activities, including Floortime sessions, in a program to meet a child’s individual needs. Floortime uses specific strategies for interaction within play, expanding from simple interactions to more elaborate and complex problem-solving interactions. 

What are the goals of a DIR®/Floortime program?


DIR®/Floortime helps a child to achieve functional capacities in the following areas:

-       An ability to stay calm and regulate emotions and behavior to adapt to a wide range of experiences

-       An interest and curiosity about the world

-       An ability to sustain shared attention with another person

-       An ability to enjoy being with people, and develop warm, trusting relationships

-       An ability to participate in reciprocal back and forth communication (verbal, or non-verbal gestures) while experiencing a range of emotions

-       An ability to initiate interactions to share interests and ideas

-       An ability to sustain interactions through problem solving for a shared goal

-       An ability to be creative and elaborate on a wide range of ideas

-       An ability to connect ideas logically, recognize perspective of others, anticipate consequences, infer motives, and plan ahead.

-       An ability to compare and reflect on values, and develop their own value system.



Would my child benefit from a DIR/Floortime program?


DIR®/Floortime is designed to support the foundations of development and learning.  It can be helpful for infants, children, and adults, when there are challenges in relating and communicating, regulation of emotions and behavior, and challenges in creative and logical thinking.  DIR®/Floortime programs will require parents and caregivers participate in the program.  The specialists will help you to understand your child and find ways to support their development through your interactions.



Where can I get more information?




·       Engaging Autism: The Floortime Approach to Helping Children Relate, Communicate and Think. By Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D. and Serena Wieder, Ph.D., 2006. Perseus Books.

·       The Child with Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth. By Stanley Greenspan, M.D. and Serena Wieder, Ph.D. 1997. Perseus Books


Cost: LE1500
Groups of 8 + from other NGOs will get a 50% discount
Registration :

Please fill out an application form and pay at The Egyptian Autistic Society 8 Road Zahraa El Maadi New Nirco buildings. 9am -2pm Sunday - Thursday 

CALL :01061400805

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