The D.I.R. model and its Floortime therapeutic technique are designed to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other neuro-devleopmental issues become more engaged, flexible, and able to join in pleasurable interactions with their parents and others. This presentation will introduce you to the foundational components of DIR: “D” - The developmental milestones children must reach for optimal socio-emotional growth; “I” - assessing each child’s individual profile to accurately fit interventions to him or her; and “R” -using the relationship between the child and his or her family as the vehicle for growth. The Floortime technique will be illustrated with clinical vignettes and videos. D.I.R. is an interdisciplinary model and psychotherapists, neurologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, parents, occupational and speech therapists, teachers, social workers, and others working directly with children and families should attend.
Workshop Price: 150 CHF
Chad Kordt-Thomas, LCSW is a child and family psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco, California. He specializes in treating children of all ages with neuro-developmental challenges, such as Autism. Mr. Kordt-Thomas is certified as a D.I.R. / Floortime Fellow with the Profectum Organization. He consults regularly to schools and frequently presents on a variety of child and adolescent development topics to clinical agencies. He works closely with teachers, occupational and speech therapists, and other child development professionals. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Smith College, School of Social Work. He worked previously as a preschool and elementary school teacher. Mr. Kordt-Thomas received his MSW from Smith College, School for Social Work and his M.S. Ed. from Bank Street College of Education.