Relationships: The Key to Progress | NY NJ 2017 Conference

Empower Parents, Promote Sustainable Outcomes, and Unlock Potential for Individuals with Autism and Other Mental Health Challenges


The DIR (Developmental Individual Difference,Relationship based) Model pioneered Parent-mediated Intervention (PMI) for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  Relationships are fundamental to every aspect of a child’s development and parents are the agents of change paving the way for growth and lifelong functional competence and independence.

This conference will  bridge clinical and research models of PMI that support progress and enhances outcomes for children with autism.  Learn the research developmental science that captures the nuance of parent-child interactions and measures change.  See how therapists and educators work with parents and children of all ages in different settings to advance development.

Additionally, the DIR-FCD Foundational Capacities for Development (FCD) will be presented. These capacities underscore each individual’s readiness for maximizing progress and success throughout their lifespan.  Various foundational capacities and practical strategies to nurture them in children and young adults with a range of abilities will be illustrated. Finally, take a longitudinal journey with us and hear from young adults with ASD as they reflect on their experiences and parent interactions as they strived for competence and independence.
Day 1 Theme:  The Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based (DIR) Model and Parent-mediated Interventions: Research, Theory and Practice with  Jonathan Green, MD; Catherine Lord, PhD, Serena Wieder, PhD and Sima Gerber, PhD, CCC-SLP

Day 2 Theme: Developing Self-Regulation, Confidence and Competencies for Life with DIR-FCD Interventions with Kerry Magro, Anie Knipping and Monica G. Osgood

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