Presenter: Serena Wieder, PhD
The DIR Model pioneered a vision of development through the dynamic interactions between individual differences each child brings to the world, the way children and parents connect around regulation and form attachments, and how relationships promote functional emotional capacities that escort us through life. Play is the pivotal pathway to integrating development as it encompasses all aspects of experience: sensory, motor, language, cognitive and emotional processes. From playful and joyful interactions that secure attachments to sharing the symbolic expression of the child’s inner world of emotions, play provides the safety to explore, differentiate self, take perspective, grapple with reality, and cope with the anxiety inherent in development and the world around them. When development is uneven, as in ASD, children and parents/caregivers can use play to promote mental health, adaptation, resilience and learning as they enact the dramas of life. In this keynote presentation, Dr. Wieder will share the journey of development and our DIR Model innovative approaches to intervention and education that bridge the gap between practice and science.
Parent-Child Interactions: The Experience and the Challenge
Panel Discussion: Alicia Lieberman, PhD & Serena Wieder, PhD
This lively dialogue between our morning keynote speakers, Dr Alicia and Dr Serena, will consider the different theoretical, conceptual, and practical perspectives of parent-child play in relation to trauma, developmental challenges, challenges of anxiety and the experience of parents and therapists as these issues are addressed and treated.