Case-based DIR/Floortime Course for the Birth to Five Population


Understanding the Model, the Role of the Therapist to Assess and Treat a Child in Collaboration with the Caregiver

presented by ChildStrive

Course Description:
This 2 day case-based course focuses on the DIR®/Floortime Approach to the treatment of children ages “Birth to Five” with diagnosis of autism, regulatory, sensory processing, motor control and motor planning challenges as well as those with other challenges in relating and communicating.

DIR® – Developmental, Individual-Difference, Relationship Based Treatment – Floortime, was developed by Stanley Greenspan, MD and Serena Wieder, Ph.D. DIR® provides an understanding of the child’s functional emotional levels including regulation and attention; mutual engagement; purposeful interaction with gestures; more complex gestures and problem solving; elaborating ideas (pretend play, creating symbols); and building bridges between ideas (emotional thinking). All sessions emphasize coaching of the caregiver in their interaction with the child in the moment. Caregiver’s include parents, therapists, teachers and aides with the goal to bring the DIR® philosophy into their interactions with the child. Many of the case studies presented will be longitudinal from initial assessment with treatment over a number of years during which goals, treatment settings and styles of interaction change in concert with the child’s development and progress.

Learning Objectives: Following this course, participants will be able to identify:

  • The importance of putting the relationship in the forefront when working with a child and their family and the school staff.
  • The latest research in the neurobiology related to autism, SPD and Developmental Delays and to social function.
  • How individual differences (sensory processing, regulation, communication (non-verbal and verbal), postural control, visual spatial processing and praxis) of the child and the parent/caretaker (teacher/aide/therapist) influences the relationship.
  • The importance of, and methods to, support the child to show their intentions through gesture, affect and language and supporting the interactive partner (parent, therapist, teacher, aide or peer) to read and affectively respond to the child so that it leads to a long continuous flow of interactions..
  • Ways to move into a coaching role so that the child and their primary caretaker (parent, teacher, aide) are the ones developing a strong relationship.
  • How to support siblings and peers in their play and interaction with one another.
  • The importance of reflection during and after a treatment session.


A certificate of attendance and hours will be provided upon completion.


Questions about the workshop, please contact Chieni McCullough at

Questions about registration, please contact Susan at


Dates: October 29-30, 2019

Times: 9:00am-5:00pm

Brightwater Center
22505 State Route 9 SE
Woodinville, WA 98072-6010

Cost: $325

Lunch will be provided

Early Birds!

Register with EARLYBIRD before Sept. 6th for 10% off.

10% off available for groups of 4 or more, call 425.353.5656 to register your group. Groups must pay together.

Rosemary White

Rosemary White is from Australia and has been an occupational therapist since 1972 and brings a wealth of clinical experience to her work with children and their families. She currently owns and operates Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapy Services in Seattle, Washington. Rosemary is a senior faculty member for Profectum Foundation. She served as Senior Faculty on the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disabilities (ICDL). Rosemary is also an affiliate instructor at the University of Washington Department of Family and Child Nursing.


There is limited parking available on site. Please consider carpooling or public transit options if you’re able.