Growing Development through
Relationships: An Introduction to the DIR-FCD Model
Created By: Monica Osgood, Executive Director, Lynn Abelson, MA, CCC-SLP, OTR/L, Marilee Burgeson, MA CCC-SLP, Griff Doyle, PhD, Caroline Ferguson-Walsh, MS-LP(C), CCC-SLP and the Profectum Presentation Task Force
An inspiring introduction to the basic foundations of the Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship-Based (DIR®) Model. Development grows within a structure of foundational capacities that support relating, communicating, functioning and thinking. Within this presentation, you will learn that each child brings unique sensory processing strengths and differences that foster growth and development at different rates. Affect-rich, attuned relationships with caregivers are central to this model and support the child’s development through emotionally meaningful experiences. The powerful connections between the caregiver and child that are strengthened through the use of this model unlocks the potential for the Foundational Capacities for Development (FCDs).
Through lecture, group discussion and video examples, participants will have the opportunity to explore how the DIR-FCD Model can help guide our observations, deepen our understanding and attune our intervention as we support the children and caregivers that we serve.
This course is designed as an introduction and/or review of the basic tenets of the DIR-FCD Model for clinicians, paraprofessionals, educators, parents and caregivers.
As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to:
- Expand knowledge of development through the lens of the DIR-FCD Model.
- Grow greater depth in understanding the powerful connection between the child and caregiver as the foundation for development.
- Describe, select and apply knowledge of ‘Relationship-Based, Interactive Strategies’ to support intervention in a variety of clinical, educational and home settings.
A Certificate of Attendance will be Issued Upon Completion