Presenters: Monica G. Osgood; Laura Baldwin; Karen McDowell; Traci Swink, MD; Lindsay Zimmerman; Ariel Hegedus, MA, CCC-SLP; Amy Jensen, MA, OTR/L
This plenary session will illustrate how to use the scope and sequence of measurable DIR® goals based on Dr. Greenspan’s and Dr. Wieder’s Functional Emotional Developmental Levels (FEDL’s) and the Foundational Capacities for Development (FCD) principles and strategies to guide intervention and school programs. An overview of the program, practical “How To’s,” and multiple case studies will demonstrate how to use this tool with a range of children, including age ranges, developmental abilities and settings. Each case will include goals from several developmental levels illustrating how the FCD’s include tailoring the environment, interactions and experiences in a way that fosters the individual’s feelings of Comfort, Competency, Confidence, Control and Communication (5 C’s) to support each student to maximize his or her progress through the FEDL’s. You will be introduced to the process of assessment, identification and individualizing DIR-FCD IEP goals for individual students. Multiple examples will highlight how data collection is used to guide staff and parent interactions and track progress. Dr. Traci Swink will conclude this session with critical insights and strategies of how to use the Transformative Power of Relationships to bring DIR® into a Public School System.