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Affect Autism was created to help parents and practitioners apply the Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) model to respectfully promote relating, communicating, and thinking in autistic children in order to invite out their highest potential. Research in neuroscience has supported a developmental approach over traditional behavioural approaches like Applied Behaviour Analysis. Affect Autism is more cost effective because it works with parents who apply the strategies… Continue Reading >>
Affect Autism was created to help parents and practitioners apply the Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) model to respectfully promote relating, communicating, and thinking in autistic children in order to invite out their highest potential. Research in neuroscience has supported a developmental approach over traditional behavioural approaches like Applied Behaviour Analysis. Affect Autism is more cost effective because it works with parents who apply the strategies that Floortime offers, promoting playful interactions over behaviour management techniques. DIR/Floortime respects where the child is developmentally, their individual sensory processing profiles, and uses the relationship to build trust and playfully challenge the child to relate, communicate and think, in order to invite them into a shared world where they can reach the potential they wish to realize. << Show Less
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Gauging our Developmental Capacities: Part 1 What is DIR?







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Gauging our Developmental Capacities
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Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) Expert Training Leader, Colette Ryan, is an infant mental health specialist, a doctoral student in Fielding University’s Infant and Early Childhood Development program, and a parent coach in the International Council on Development and Learning (ICDL) DIR Home Program. Today we&#8217;re covering the Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities (FEDCs) in Floortime and how we can gauge our own capacities in meeting our children where they are developmentally.



















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Gauging our Developmental Capacities: Part 1 What is DIR?







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Gauging our Developmental Capacities
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Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) Expert Training Leader, Colette Ryan, is an infant mental health specialist, a doctoral student in Fielding University’s Infant and Early Childhood Development program, and a parent coach in the International Council on Development and Learning (ICDL) DIR Home Program. Today we&#8217;re covering the Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities (FEDCs) in Floortime and how we can gauge our own capacities in meeting our children where they are developmentally.



















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DIR/Floortime and Physical Therapy What is DIR?





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DIR/Floortime and Physical Therapy
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Mary Beth Crawford is a licensed Physical therapist and Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) Expert Training Leader who founded Baby Steps Therapy in 2008. Mary Beth regularly provides lectures and in-service training to numerous parent groups, and medical professionals and allied health groups on the foundations of motor development, and on her unique approach to pediatric physical therapy. She is here to talk about how she practices Physical Therapy within a DIR/Floortime approach.



Mary Beth was mentored by Occupational Therapist Maude Le Roux early in her career, who introduced her to DIR/Floortime. It gave her the science to the instincts she always had about development, individual differences, and relationships. Her lofty goal is to bring the Floortime approach to more developmental pediatric physical therapists. In PT they have affect, sensory and motor. All of these synchronously develop together to optimize a child&#8217;s motor development, Mary Beth states.

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Creating Opportunities for Co-Regulatory Support What is DIR?





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Sometimes the biggest challenge parents have with their autistic children who have meltdowns is meeting the child emotionally and connecting. Here, we need to find the affect they’re having in that moment in order to help them feel they’re being heard and understood. Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) Expert Training Leader, Kasheena Holder, joins us today to discuss this process of providing co-regulatory support for our children. Kasheena is a Special Education Teacher in Barbados and works with the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning&#8217;s DIR Home Program as a Floortime coach. She owns a local private practice in Barbados called First Step where she supports children with neurodiversities and their families.
 


















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Access and Choice in NY State for Autism Supports and Services What is DIR?





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Access and Choice in NY State for Autism Supports and Services
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My guests today are Toni Tortora, an Occupational Therapist and the Clinical Director at the Rebecca School in Manhattan, Lori Ciesielski who is an Occupational Therapist for Liberty Post services in Buffalo, NY, and Galina Itskovich is a Clinical Social Worker in New York City who works with different populations, including children and adults both on and off the spectrum. All three are Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) Expert Training Leaders with the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL) where Galina is also a Clinical Consultant. 



Today we are discussing the bill they put forth to the New York State Legislature to have DIR/Floortime covered by insurance, which is an expansion of the current autism bill which only covers Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) services. From there it could be expanded to private insurance companies that will follow the Medicaid guidelines. You can see the bill here and please sign the change.org page here. They also have a website with more information, a <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6no7xj0w8k1dpbc/AAAgdrptW36OpIM1sHYT0PYca?dl=0" rel="noopen
A Developmental Approach to Toileting: Part 2 What is DIR?





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A Developmental Approach to Toileting: Part 1
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Alysha Paiaro, Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) Occupational Therapist and the Assistant Director of Little Buddies Pediatric Therapy, Inc. DIR Occupational Therapy practice just outside Vancouver, British Columbia returns for Part 2 of our podcast on toileting with a developmental approach. If you missed Part 1, please check it out here. This week we have parent questions from Affect Autism Members and some more important aspects of the developmental approach to toileting.


















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A Developmental Approach to Toileting: Part 1 What is DIR?





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A Developmental Approach to Toileting: Part 1
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What parent doesn&#8217;t ask about toileting issues when their child is on the spectrum? I don&#8217;t think I&#8217;ve met a parent of an autistic child who hasn&#8217;t struggled with toileting. But is it the child&#8217;s issue or is it the parent&#8217;s issue? Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) Occupational Therapist, Alysha Paiaro, is the Assistant Director of Little Buddies Pediatric Therapy, Inc. which is a DIR Occupational Therapy practice just outside Vancouver, British Columbia where she is lovingly known as the Queen of Poop.



Alysha has her DIR Proficient Certificate from the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL), is a PLAY Project consultant, has training in sensory integration, and in the relationship between trauma and sensory regulation. Her boss is Keith Landherr whom we podcasted with a few weeks ago, and today we are talking about toileting and interoception which is an area she has quite a bit of experience with.
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Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) Expert Training Leader and Occupational Therapist, Keith Landherr, is the founder and director of Little Buddies Pediatric Therapy, Inc. just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia. He is also a PhD student in the Fielding Graduate School’s Infant and Child Development Program. This week we discuss how parents are often focused on fine motor skills and how the development of gross motor skills are a pre-cursor to them. We talk about how Keith communicates the process with parents in order to f
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Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR) Expert Training Leader, Colette Ryan, is an infant mental health specialist, a doctoral student in  Fielding University’s Infant and Early Childhood Development program, and a parent coach in the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning, or ICD
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Happy New Year! To start off 2022, retired special educator, DIR Expert Training Leader with the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL), and coach with ICDL&#8217;s DIR Home Program, <a href="https://affectautism
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