Motor Control and Motor Development

Tuesday, Mar 7, 2023 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Live on Zoom


$ 120.00

Motor Control and Motor Development: A Key Foundational Component of the “Individual Profile” to support a Dynamic DIR® Treatment for Children and their Families

This Integrative Approach blends Motor Learning Theory with DIR® in rich, client led interactions with the relationship in the forefront.

Rosemary White, OTR/L and Aymen Balikci

Starting Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time

Scheduled Dates: 3/7; 3/21; 4/4; 4/18

4 sessions | 1.5 hours per session | Biweekly

Online via Zoom


This Master Class will provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the development of motor control according to then dynamic interaction of environmental and other individual factors, including 4 E’s of Motor Development (Embodied, Embedded, Enculturated, and Enabling.) We will highlight the underlying motor strengths and challenges with Individuals with ASD and other neurodiverse developmental profiles and within our work as DIR® Clinicians how to support ongoing development of the individual.

More Detail on the Course:
The program will explore motor control and development specifically from ecological, perception-action and dynamic systems theory, particularly related to environmental enrichment while taking into consideration “The Individual, the Task and the Environment” Environmental Enrichment (EE) provides increased levels of multisensory stimulation, physical activity and social interaction through eliciting spontaneous explorative behavior. This program will bring these theories of motor control and motor development into our clinical practice in DIR®, in which movement is elicited by the child’s intent and the co-regulation of the caregiver to support the child’s movement in the context of their intent, with consideration that always addresses the 5C’s for the child – Comfort, Competence, Confidence, Control and Communication. This program will be rich with video examples of sessions and promote interactive discussion with participants throughout.

Learning Objectives

Identify 3 theoretical models of Motor Learning Theory that they can bring into their work as a DIR Clinician.

Identify Key components of the individual child’s postural control to be considered as they assess the “”I”” of a child, moment to moment, in a treatment session.”

Identify when to give a child time to organize their movement in relation to their intent, when to provide support and what type of support to provide (affective interaction, sensory or motor support, other environmental factors)

Who should attend?

Parents, New Professionals as well as intermediate and advance clinicians – All disciplines

Rosemary White, OTR/L: Rosemary brings a wealth of clinical experience to all her teaching, both in person & on-line, in the US & Internationally. Rosemary brings her clinical training in Neurodevelopmental Therapy, Sensory Integrative Therapy & DIR to her teaching. She is Profectum Senior Faculty, ICDL Faculty, & Clinical Faculty in the Infant Mental Health Certificate Program (University of Washington.) Rosemary carries an active caseload at her practice Pediatric PT & OT Services in Seattle. She supervises therapists in her practice & is director of the annual DIR Floortime Summer Camp, & social groups, during which she & her staff train Floortime Players. Reviews describe Rosemary as “a true clinician’s clinician!”

Aymen Balikci, PT, PhD

Pediatric Physical Therapist and Neuroscientist

Dr. Balikci graduated from Istanbul University school of physiotherapy (2006), and he did his MSc in phyisology at Marmara University (2010), and PhD in physiology at Kocaeli University (2018). Dr. Balikci has been working with pediatric population which includes all neurodivergent population such as cerebral palsy, down syndrome and autism over 15 years. He is an NDT and Ayres Sensory Integration certified therapist. Also he has his trainings in DIR/Floortime, pediatric massage, feeding, attachment and trauma, Qigong Sensory Training and Perception-Action Approach. His main research interest is effects of environmental conditions on development. He has developed an ecological enriched environment approach named HEP (Homeostasis-Enrichment-Palsticity) for children with neuromotor disorders. He is a lecturer at Fenerbahce University Occupational Therapy Department for BSc level and at Medipol University for MSc level.