The Drive to play: A DIR Perspective Using Play and Relationship-Based Techniques to Achieve your Treatment Goals


Play is the portal through which young children are afforded access to a vast array of developmental opportunities. Play occurs spontaneously without the need for an imposed task and is a therapeutic modality applicable across disciplines.
This day is devoted to the discovery of play in developmental context and the applications of play as a treatment modality across disciplines. The first part of the morning will focus on the functions of play, the typical developmental course of play over the first 5- years and how play serves to support the formation of self- regulation itself. Play as self-healing is illustrated by a video documenting the dramatic developmental advances made by a class of children with emotional disorders through open-ended play with basic materials.
The second half of the morning begins with an introduction to DIR Model (Developmental. Individual-difference. Relationship-based) approach to intervention with autism and other developmental disorders by Serena Weider, co-creator of DIR with the late Stanley Greenspan. The morning session concludes with a more in-depth examination and illustration of “D” the “I” and the” R” and Floortime, the play and relationship-based treatment modality of DIR, applicable across disciplines.
The second half of the day is totally devoted to the clinical application of play in occupational therapy, specifically, and across therapies. Two cases will be presented, one of which will have a multi-disciplinary perspective. The cases will be illustrated with video clips and vignette, analyzed and deconstructed to illustrate clinical reasoning and process using play and relationship-based methodology including DIR. Audience questions and discussion will be encouraged.

Location Webinar

Date 11/12/2021 8:30 AM - 4:15 PM (Check in 8:00 AM)
Sponsor Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley Region
Trainer Gilbert Foley, Ed.D., IMH-E (IV-C) & Maureen Karwowski, OTR/L & Serena Wieder, PH.D
Contact Kim Sydello (630) 261-6191
Principles 1. Support families
2. Active participation
3. Collaborative relationships
4. Specific IFSP goals
5. Comprehensive plans
6. Periodic monitoring
7. Ongoing communication & collaboration
8. Quality services
Credit Hours 6.25 - Intervention
Cost $200
Status Closed