Serena Wieder, PhD
Model theory introduced major paradigm shifts from behavioral and cognitive to dynamic developmental systems that can adapt to the many variations posed by developmental disorders and the many factors that influence it, not bound by age or limitations in interventions or rate of progress. The DIR-FCD™ model defines the necessary structural capacities. Experiences form the building blocks of this structure. To be meaningful these experiences depend on developmental readiness to become part of what the child knows, understands, and can execute. When this occurs, an individual becomes the agent of his or her own intent and competencies. They should be based on an affective need within the child such as curiosity or interest. They also must be active as well as interactive, with an adult who mediates the meaning, unfolding in a sequential manner so that the child can make common sense of and understand them. Exposure is not enough. -This session will discuss the foundational pathways to competence and how to activate, organize and integrate experiences to find the sequence that takes you from the start to the finish that is an essential part of executive functioning.