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The DIR Model and “Triadic Collaboration”: A New Type of Collaboration

How does training in social-emotional development support collaboration with families and augment a clinician’s practice while fostering the development and success of the child with special needs? How does triadic collaboration work in tandem with DIR® principles? By Dr. Lisa Schwartz completed medical school at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine with an internship in pediatrics, following […]

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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.

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