Play is a critical component of every intervention program targeting intensive physical, social, emotional, communicative and cognitive development. Play is not optional. In contrast, research reinforces the necessity of play for developmental growth throughout the lifespan, building functional capacities for thinking, relating, communicating and creativity as well as supporting competence, confidence and independence for ALL children. Play is the essence of childhood: motivating, fun, meaningful and spontaneous, filling hours of a child’s day and providing the vehicle (engagement) for relationship-based interactions that can be used to target any developmental capacity, self-help skill or academic concept. Play is fundamental to the DIR-FCD Model where meaningful interactions tailored to a child’s individual needs are mobilized through the strength of relationships to enhance developmental growth and lifelong functioning.
Webcast presentation titles that are included with this series are listed below
- Have You Played Today
- Play: The Hidden Curriculum of the DIR Model & Panel Discussion
- Connecting Movement and Sensation to Developmental Challenges in ASD & Panel Discussion
- PLAY: The Road to Developmental Integration
- Unconventional Communication and Play: A View Through a Developmental Lens
- Following Passions that Lead to Meaningful and Purpose Filled Lives: Reflections of a Young Man on his DIR® Journey
- PLAY: The Magical Neural Exercise
- Engagement Based Learning: The 21st Century Secret
- The DIR-FCD IEP Goal Bank for Early Intervention, Home Programs, Private and Public School Students
- Playing with Peers in Natural Settings – Supporting Interactions and Documenting Progress: Introducing the “Connection Coder” Video App!
- Raising Differently Wired Kids: SOS for Parents in the Trenches
- Playfulness and Humor in Adulthood