DIR 202: (Second Level of DIR/Floortime certificate through ICDL)

Level of course: Intermediate

Target Audience: Occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, play therapists, parents, psychologists, medical practitioners, mental health clinicians, social workers, residential treatment staff, registered nurses, child welfare professionals, adoption and foster care agency staff and administrators, educators, and researchers.

Course Objectives: (in brief, more info on www.icdl.com)

  • Correctly describe the central ideas of the first six FEDC’s, with an increased understanding of capacities 4-6.
  • Correctly explain individual unique profiles such as sensory processing, language, motor planning and sequencing, and visual development.
  • Describe the strengths of FEDC’s (mastery, constriction or absence) in children or adult individuals, with or without developmental special needs
  • Explain the integration between the individual differences and the FEDC’s
  • Awareness of the provider to family/child “goodness of fit” (including individual differences, interactive styles, and cultural elements) Demonstrate Floortime™ competencies (e.g., following the lead, affect attunement, co-regulation, emotional engagement, shared pleasure, reciprocity, and complex thinking)
  • Demonstrate following the individual’s lead (based on his/her internal intentions, motivations, and purposes) in gradually increasing the duration and complexity of circles of communication – particularly with respect to FEDCs 4, 5 & 6
  • Show awareness of one’s own FEDC’s, individual differences and impact of the environment on their “work,” including preferred interactive styles and tendencies under stress (i.e. what helps you stay regulated) (through personal reflection)

Assessed: Presentation of 2 case studies on PowerPoint including video.