From Kitty Cat to Tiger: Crossing the Hurdles into the Symbolic World
While many children reach early symbolic play using familiar toys and actions representing real life experiences in playful ways, even identifying with figures they know and choosing destinations they have been to, others find it challenging to imagine themselves as someone else holding onto their identities even when they assign roles to others, not quite feeling safe or understanding the meaning of the symbols. Still others seize upon certain figures they identify with and want to replay their dramas again and again. Think of “Peter Pan”. Some can use their imagination to discover new worlds and feel safe and go on to reality testing. These variations are related to individual differences, caregiver sensitivities, and uneven developmental processes that derail progress and sometimes result in emotional constrictions and behavioral challenges.
This brief Master class will use case vignettes to illustrate how to escort young children up the symbolic ladder, the hierarchy of emotional symbols, and the journey towards understanding reality, symbolizing negative valence emotions and drives (e.g., fears, anger, jealousy, aggression) navigating their anxiety, and preparing for higher symbolic levels. Participants will be asked to show examples of symbolic function within their disciplines.
- Identify sensory and motor challenges that create hurdles climbing the symbolic ladder
- Identify the hierarchy of emotional symbolic development
- Define the development of reality testing
- Describe how symbolic function supports regulation and reflection
BioDr. Wieder is the Clinical Director and a founding member of the Profectum Foundation, dedicated to advancing the development and infant mental health of all children, including children, adolescents and adults with autism and special needs through training and educational programs. She also co-founded the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders with the late Stanley Greenspan. Dr. Wieder is a Board Member of Zero to Three and also serves on Advisory Boards to various programs serving infant mental health and other special needs. She established DIR-Israel and provides consultation and training to international and national programs.
As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Wieder has pioneered important approaches to diagnosing and treating infants and toddlers with infant mental health and developmental disorders. She co-developed the DIR Model with Stanley Greenspan, edited two diagnostic manuals for infants and young children, and created models for interdisciplinary post-graduate case based training and work with parents. She has co-chaired and organized national and international conferences integrating development, neuroscience and intervention approaches for nearly 20 years. Dr. Wieder also developed approaches to integrate visual-spatial knowledge to advance emotional and cognitive development. Her research interests concern follow up studies of children on the Autism Spectrum who have received DIR comprehensive interventions and the evaluation of training and educational programs.
Dr. Wieder co-authored Engaging Autism, The Child With Special Needs and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health with Stanley Greenspan, M.D. They also co-edited Infants in Multi-Risk Families as well as the ICDL Diagnostic Manual for Infants and Young Children (DMIC) and the original Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC 03). Most recently, Dr. Wieder co-authored Visual Spatial Portals to Thinking, Feeling, and Movement with Harry Wachs, O.D. She has published numerous journal and book chapters and presents at multiple conferences nationally and internationally.
At this time Dr. Wieder also has a private practice in NYC for diagnosis, treatment and consultation regarding complex developmental and mental health challenges.
Who should attend?
Graduates and participants of all DIR courses
Crossover candidates and other advanced Certificate holders
Professionals working actively with DIR interventions
Online – Zoom
Time: 4:30-6:00 pm pacific time / 7:30-9:00 pm eastern time
Length: 1.5 hours each session
Start Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Session 1: Thursday, 4/26/18
Session 2: Thursday, 5/10/18
Session 3: Thursday, 5/31/18
Session 4: Thursday, 6/14/18
This class is now full
For more information contact [email protected]