What makes DIRFloortime work?
DIRFloortime is based on understanding & promoting human development.
What does a Floortime session look like?
All Floortime sessions are different because we follow the child's lead, which ultimately helps drive our session's focus. Sessions are play-based and child-led, but don't let this fool you! "Child-led" does not mean that we just let the child do what they want... it means we work diligently and methodically to notice what they notice, set safe boundaries, share joy, acknowledge their needs, respect their opinions, and empower them. We work through the functional emotional developmental capacities to expand engagement and promote development.
Sessions can take place in your home, at your child's school or childcare center, in your child's classroom alongside peers, or out in the community. A typical session lasts one hour and is tailored to meet each child's unique & individual needs.
What are the Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities referenced in Floortime?
The FEDCs are used in DIRFloortime to assess a child's emotional development. You can view the FEDCs as a "ladder," meaning children will typically go up and down the ladder throughout the course of an interaction. There are six core functional emotional developmental capacities that are essential for a person to be able to engage, relate, communicate, think, and reason. These six core FEDCs are:
Capacity 1: Self-Regulation & Interest in the World
Capacity 2: Engaging & Relating
Capacity 3: Purposeful Two-Way Communication
Capacity 4: Complex Communication & Shared Problem Solving
Capacity 5: Using Symbols & Creating Emotional Ideas
Capacity 6: Logical Thinking & Building Bridges Between Ideas
Interested in DIRFloortime for your child?
Schedule a Floortime Evaluation today!
Click on the "Contact Us" link above and go to "Floortime Evaluation" to fill out the Floortime Evaluation form.
The evaluation consists of 3 parts:
The first part is a casual, informal meeting with you and your kiddo. This can take place virtually or in person at a location of your choice. I'll find out more information about you and what you're looking for while I get to know your child. This will take about an hour.
The second part is the main component of the evaluation. I'll use the Functional Emotional Assessment Scale while observing your child in their natural environment. This can be in your home, in their classroom at school, or in the community. I'll follow their lead while introducing several engaging games & activities to assess functional emotional capacities. This part lasts about an hour and a half to two hours.
The third & final component of the evaluation is where we discuss your child's strengths and their unique individual profile. If you decide that you are interested in pursuing DIRFloortime therapy, then we will discuss a therapy plan and individual goals for your child based on the FEAS and their emotional capacities that targets their strengths. Please note, you are NOT obligated to pursue DIRFloortime therapy following the evaluation! I am happy to refer you to other individuals if you feel like you'd like to go a different route.