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Underdeveloped executive functioning in older children is characterized by impulsivity, inability to control emotions, and not considering the consequences of one’s actions. Older children tend to act on emotion rather than thoughtful decision making. This is because the part of the brain responsible for decision-making (frontal lobe) is not fully developed until an individual reaches […]
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Profectum conferences gather leading experts to discuss the latest research and advances with the Foundational Capacities for Development and the DIR models.
Profectum records most conferences and other sessions to make them available as webcasts so that they can be accessible to a larger audience.
Profectum comes from the Latin for "advancement or progress", and Profectum Foundation is dedicated to advancing the development of all children, adolescents and adults with autism and special needs.
Our work builds upon the Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship model (DIR model), developed by Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder, that is central to all our work. We believe that the interventional approaches that parents and practitioners use to help individuals with special needs must advance and evolve to incorporate new ideas, new knowledge and reflect the most up-to-date research and neuroscience – they should never be static and must grow as our population grows.
We created the Foundational Capacities for Development™ (FCD™) model to provide an integrative framework to help parents and practitioners determine how to anticipate challenges and integrate different approaches to help an individual with special needs address his/her barriers at various stages of development across the lifespan.