DIRFloortime®

Mastery

Reaching Milestones

DIRFloortime® helps children reach six key milestones that are foundational for learning and building meaningful relationships.

Motivation

Individual Differences

The program is individualized to entice your child into positive, playful interactions that facilitate social and emotional growth.

Connection

Relationship-Based

Relationships are the foundation for all development, so treatment plans take into account the family, community and culture. 

DIRFloortime®

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Mastery

Reaching Milestones

DIRFloortime® helps children reach six key milestones that are foundational for learning and building meaningful relationships.


 

  • Self-regulation and interest in the world
  • Intimacy (engagement in relationships)
  • Two-way communication
  • Complex communication
  • Emotional ideas
  • Emotional thinking

Motivation

Individual Differences

The program is individualized to entice your child into positive, playful interactions that facilitate social and emotional growth.


We strive for progress and smiles in every single encounter!

  • All family members are encouraged to join!
  • Enticing children to learn through spontaneous interactions
  • Following the child’s interest
  • Meeting the child where they are developmentally
  • Compelling joyful interactions that promote learning

Connection

Relationship-Based

Relationships are the foundation for all development, so treatment plans take into account the family, community and culture.


We support and equip parents in their natural and pivotal partnership with their child.

  • Parent/caregiver training & coaching
  • Flexibility for family, community and cultural differences
  • Families learn to use DIRFloortime® in their everyday lives
  • Siblings are encouraged to be involved

Relationship + Emotional Connection Fuels Development!

SPACE builds healthy foundations in a unique and collaborative learning environment, with state of the art therapy and gym equipment. 

  • Social interaction
  • Emotional development
  • Intellectual capacities
  • Relationship with your child

Our individualized treatment plans provide a framework for development tailored around unique challenges and strengths.

“Let’s help our children become the poets of their inner lives.”  -Stanley Greenspan

 

randomized-controlled studies support the effectiveness of Floortime

minutes of pretend play improves executive functioning, flexible thinking & behavior

Image: African american mother and son doing homework
Image: African american mother and son doing homework

randomized-controlled studies support the effectiveness of Floortime

minutes of pretend play improves executive functioning, flexible thinking, and behavior

Image: three siblings laying on top of each other laughing

A Powerful Model

DIRFloortime®, developed by Stanley Greenspan, MD and Serena Wieder, PhD, is a framework used to help children with developmental differences.

The program emphasizes 1) following the child’s lead and 2) joining the child’s world and pulling them into a shared world in order to help them master their capabilities.

D-Developmental: treatment aims to respect and guide each individual’s personal developmental journey.

I-Individual Differences: each person has unique ways we take in, regulate, respond to, and comprehend the world.

R-Relationship: the interactions we have through our primary relationships are critical to brain development, so parents and families are central to this model.

 

 

SPACE DIRFloortime®

The founders of SPACE were mentored by Dr. Serena Wieder, Ph.D. for over seven years and have used their combined experience of 38 years to train their SPACE staff and implement DIRFlootime® in its truest form.

  • Always including families
  • Spontaneous interactions/open play concepts
  • Meeting the child where they are
  • “Go for the gleam” every session
  • Striving for progress every single encounter!

DIRFloortime® is NOT following a child around and imitating everything they do.

DIRFloortime® is NOT letting a child always have their way.

DIRFloortime® is NOT only done on the floor.

DIRFloortime® is NOT always play.

Image: Young girl doing handstand and laughing
Image: Young girl doing handstand and laughing

Meet the DIRFloortime® All Stars

DIRFloortime® training begins the moment a new clinician, technician or volunteer joins our team through required reading, observation hours and completion of formal SPACE training. Meet our DIRFloortime® Team leaders who have surpassed our requirement of over 2 years of experience!

Vanessa Chan-Felcman,

Vanessa Chan-Felcman,

Co-Founder, M.A., CCC/SLP

Michelle Reed,

Michelle Reed,

Co-Founder, MOT, OTR

Cris Marie Mireles, B.S., SLP Assistant
Cris Marie Mireles, B.S., SLP Assistant
Gina Drummond, Occupational Therapy Coordinator, OTD, OTR
Gina Drummond, Occupational Therapy Coordinator, OTD, OTR
Sarah Seymour, M.A., CCC/SLP
Sarah Seymour, M.A., CCC/SLP
Cris Marie Mireles, B.S., SLP Assistant
Cris Marie Mireles, B.S., SLP Assistant
Gina Drummond, Occupational Therapy Coordinator, OTD, OTR
Gina Drummond, Occupational Therapy Coordinator, OTD, OTR
Sarah Seymour, M.A., CCC/SLP
Sarah Seymour, M.A., CCC/SLP

What You Can Expect at SPACE.

DIRFloortime® sessions can happen anywhere, including private rooms, with peers, outside and in the open concept sensory gym! This way, children can learn to tolerate various environments, thrive on social and spontaneous interactions, and integrate naturally within ST/OT sessions. Parents, grandparents, nannies, siblings and teachers are integral members of the child’s treatment team and are encouraged to join sessions and learn how to integrate DIRFloortime® into their everyday way of life!

Your First Visit

Our first goal is to always build rapport with you & your child so that a positive relationship begins to develop. The safer your child feels at SPACE, the faster progress will begin! Initial evaluation may include standardized assessments, clinical observations and a caregiver report.

Ongoing Treatment

Caregiver/Parent Training

Expect HOMEWORK!

Dyad or social groups

Collaboration with team members & outside professionals

DIRFloortime® 'Toolkit'

DIRFloortimeⓇ tools & strategies:

Profectum Parent Toolkit

Affect Based Learning Curriculum (ABLC)

Individual Therapy

Parent Training

Staff Training

Consultative Services for school or outside program

Individualized Programs

 

Your First Visit

Our first goal is to always build rapport with you & your child so that a positive relationship begins to develop. The safer your child feels at SPACE, the faster progress will begin! Initial evaluation may include standardized assessments, clinical observations and a caregiver report. 

 

Ongoing Treatment

Caregiver/Parent Training

Expect HOMEWORK! 

Dyad or social groups 

Collaboration with team members & outside professionals

 

DIRFloortime® ‘Toolkit’

DIRFloortimeⓇ tools & strategies:

Profectum Parent Toolkit

Affect Based Learning Curriculum (ABLC)

Individual Therapy

Parent Training

Staff Training

Consultative Services for school or outside program

Individualized Programs

Let's Talk!

Questions? Comments? Give us a call or send us a message below! We’d love to assist you and your family find your SPACE at our SPACE.