DIRect Connections is based on Greenspan’s DIR/Floortime model to address a wide variety of developmental delays including, but not limited to:
DIRect Connections is a play-based therapeutic intervention adjusted to the child/young person’s age and needs.
DIRect Connections assessments cover the many areas of development:
DIRect Connections Therapy involves:
*DIR stands for Developmental, Individual-difference Relationship-based and is an intervention approach used with children on the autism spectrum (ADD), and with other developmental challenges. DIR is the theory, Floortime is the play-based therapy practices.
*DIR/Floortime was developed by Stanley Greenspan and stands out as an intervention that takes the child’s lead as the focus, using existing strengths and interests to promote growth. In this way the child develops the functional and relationship skills that may be lacking.
*DIR/Floortime therapy focuses on helping parents help their child through coaching and modeling, enhancing a child’s growth and aiding generalization of positive functioning abilities within the clinic, home, school and other environments.
*Parents like DIR/Floortime because it puts fewer restrictions on children, but focuses on respecting the child’s perspective. It is also less robotic and more direct than strict behavioral interventions. Children learn to express themselves through meaningful interactions.
*Marcia Last is a Child Development Specialist whose expertise in child development extends beyond the DIR/Floortime framework. She is able to incorporate many different techniques into her developmental therapy.