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About Us

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. More…

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Upcoming Events

3rd International Conference: The Power and Promise of Neurodevelopmental Approaches

March 13-15, 2015
Pasadena Convention Center
Pasadena, CA

conference-image Explore current scientific discoveries that help illuminate the heterogeneous neurological foundations contributing to differences in social behaviors, multisensory processing, and motor planning and timing. Learn ways to customize educational goals in order to better meet the unique needs of each child in light of these discoveries. Consider ways in which behavior can—and should—be considered a form of communication, particularly in relation to individuals with challenges using spoken language.


Profectum conferences gather leading experts to discuss the latest research and advances with the Foundational Capacities for Development and the DIR model.


Profectum records most of our conferences and other sessions to make them available as webcasts so that they can be more accessible to a larger audience.

Training Programs

Profectum offers a menu of training programs, ranging from introductory and special topic courses, that can be taken at any time.

Information, tools and resources
for parents.

Resources for professionals working with individuals with special needs.

Resources for professionals working in schools, clinics, camps and home settings.

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