DIRFloortime® was started by Dr. Stanley Greenspan, and it is a relationship-based developmental approach which aims to build respectful, meaningful interactions that are tailored to each child’s individual differences and promotes each child’s development to their fullest potential.
The D describes development, and this is where we look at how the child is developing, emotionally and cognitively. Establishing a firm understanding of how the child is performing in relation to the six Functional Emotional Developmental milestones that a child needs to master. As the child achieves each goal, they experience emotional and intellectual growth. Students are encouraged to push their interactive skills by engaging with others through play.
We recommend this program for children that requires additional support in developing better social communication skills to interact well with their peers.
The I describes the unique ways each person takes in, regulates, responds to, and comprehends the world
around them. Understanding the child’s particular pattern of challenges is essential for helping them. These
challenges may include differences the child shows in:
The R describes how relationships fuel our development. The approach assists therapists in developing their
relationship with the child, so they can be effective in helping the child learn and grow. The approach also aims
to ensure that the child is developing meaningful relationships with people around them.