Lisa deFaria, LCSW & Griff Doyle, PhD
This Part 1 workshop introduced parents and professionals to DIR Floortime®, the developmentally based interactive “play” therapy approach pioneered by Drs. Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder. DIR Floortime® interventions strengthen and expand the parent:child relationship and the ability to “get and stay connected” by targeting challenges that derail relational capacities, communication and sustained emotional connections with caregivers. Presenters reviewed the six core DIR Floortime® Functional Social-Emotional Capacities (FCD’s™) and explored the impact of individual differences in developing competence in these critical capacities. Part 1 of this workshop concentrated on DIR Floortime® Levels I-III, creating opportunities to develop the ability to attend and focus, to engage warmly and trustingly with others across a range of emotions, and to communicate intentionally with both simple and complex gestures needed for social problem solving. Through video clips and discussion, specific DIR Floortime® strategies for working with avoidant, passive, aimless, reactive and other profiles were highlighted. Emphasis was placed on the importance of multidisciplinary team to promotes skills of optimal regulation and availability, intentionality, joint attention, emotional sharing and communication, so vital for deeper parent-child bonding. (For parents and professionals. Followed by DIR Floortime®, Part 2, which focused on problem solving, creating symbolic ideas and abstract thinking.)
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