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DIR Floortime


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.

SBDC is a Certified Proficient DIRFloortime® Provider under ICDL to work with students on FEDCs Level 1-9 and beyond.

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The Six milestones of floortime include:

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.

Key Highlights of our DIR Floortime Program

The objectives of the DIR® Model are to build healthy foundations for social, emotional, and intellectual capacities rather than focusing exclusively on a child’s motor, speech or cognitive skills in isolation. This model can help us promote healthy development in all children, but it is especially powerful in helping children with developmental or emotional challenges.

Our therapy approach is individually tailored to meet the specific needs of your child. After conducting an assessment, our therapists develop a customized plan that addresses your child’s unique requirements. This personalized approach ensures that the therapy provided is targeted and effective in supporting your child’s development.

Floortime is an approach that emphasizes the integration of all developmental areas, including social, emotional, motor, sensory, language, and cognitive skills. By prioritizing play and relationships, Floortime promotes integrated learning, providing a strong foundation for social, emotional, and academic development.

Our approach is grounded in extensive research from various fields, including language development, sensory processing, developmental neurology, and mental health. This approach has a strong evidence base supporting its effectiveness in addressing the core challenges faced by children. It not only improves the child’s developmental outcomes but also reduces parental stress levels and enhances parent-child relationships. For more info:

Floortime is an approach that incorporates spontaneous play, semi-structured play, sensory and motor activities. It utilises activities to promote regulation, exploration, engagement, and the expansion of communication skills. It also supports problem-solving, sequencing, and pretend play themes. Additionally, sensory input activities are included to help the child improve self-regulation abilities.

We prioritise following the child’s lead, understanding their interests and motivations. By interacting spontaneously and joyfully, we can identify the best way to challenge them to progress in various developmental areas, including language, thinking skills, and motor abilities. This child-centered approach ensures an engaging and effective learning experience.

Floortime approach starts by identifying and addressing the missed developmental milestones in a child’s progression. Through intensive collaboration between parents and therapists, the child embarks on a step-by-step journey to acquire the necessary skills they may have missed. By working systematically, one milestone at a time, the child gradually builds upon their developmental foundation and fills the gaps in their skill set.

Empower your child to achieve more through DIR Floortime!

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