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    mastering the stages

    I am wondering if someone can help me figure out when a child has mastered a stage versus when they are still working through it with some constrictions. I feel that is something I am not sure of after watching all the videos.



      Hi Kim,I know what you mean

      Hi Kim,

      I know what you mean about not being 100% sure on where the child is at and where you should be meeting them in terms of their emotional developemental stages. I think the only way you are going to know is to learn more about the DIR principles and having someone who is well trained in DIR as a mentor. I think DIR requires much more training in order to really understand the concept and be able to explain it appropriately and coach parents. 

      Sorry I’m not very helpful, I hope you find someone who can help!



    Shared Problem Solving/ Co-regulation


    I am an SLP working with a lot of ABA therapists, who are firmly of the belief that if a child with ASD is persistently crying/tantruming, this behaviour is to be ignored and/redirected, depending on the context. However, I feel that this directly contrasts with the theory of shared problem solving / co-regulation, which would suggest that if a child is crying/tantruming, you should be working with them as a team to identify what it is they are trying to achieve, so that they learn to adjust their cries in order to signal to you when you are “on the right track”. From an ABA perspective, to give a child options/desired items while they are crying, will only consolidate the child’s belief that crying will get what I want. ABA practices would tell you to ignore the crying and, once it has stopped, prompt the child to more appropriately signal their wants/needs through hand-over-hand support for pointing/gesturing/picture exchange etc. 

    I would appreciate any further input/insight anyone could offer on this. Thanks!


      Hi Sharon, I’m an OT. There

      Hi Sharon, I’m an OT. There is a great book: “Is it Sensory or is it Behaviour?” which suggests that behaviours initially occur because of a sensory need. However, depending on how that is reinforced, you may end up with ‘behaviours’ as a child learns how to get their needs met. I agree with you. You need to look at the Antecedent and Consequence of the behaviour and try and work out if the child is avoiding or trying to obtain something


    DIR in the public school

    I began using DIR after a conference that Dr. Gil Tippy and Rae Leeper from the Rebecca School presented at in Vermont.  I began using the principles they taught me and saw amazing progress in my students’ with varying disabilities.  I used Floortime as a vehicle to teach literacy and math.  Using DIR as a framework for teaching made our teams become process and not product oriented and we are creeping up towards grade level Common Core standards. 


    Circle of communication

    I need to understand how do we know how many circles of communication has the child completed? Does it depend on number of questions he responds to? OR Is it the number of times he accomplishes his goal or an expectation made on him? What defines the ‘circles of communication’?


    Sessions are reversed …

    I am so enjoying these lectures, and this professional course. I am learning, being challenged, expanding possibilities for my work with young children.

    Dr Greenspan’s brilliant mind and his utter devotion to little ones is so evident in his theory, his practice, his teaching. What a privilege to hear him.

    Thank you so, so much!

    Thought you would want to know that sessions 11 and 12 are switched on your menu.



    Hello! I am an OT and just completed this wonderfult course. I looked at the approved list of CEU providers on the AOTA website, but Greenspan isn’t on there. Is there a way to get PDU’s for this?






    Anyone else having trouble figuring out how to get your CEU’s once you pass the mastery test?  What should I do?

Study Questions

  1. What is the Greenspan/DIR model?
    1. An intervention that follows a chronological order to teach skills.
    2. Something you do to mitigate affective experiences available to children.
    3. Teaching a behavior to address a specific symptom a child displays.
    4. A model used to identify a child’s social-emotional strengths and weaknesses.
  2. Which is NOT a part of the Greenspan approach?
    1. Relating within meaningful, positive relationships
    2. Communication across all therapeutic curriculums
    3. Teaching a child an outcome, what to say, and what to do
    4. Encouraging a child to do the thinking
  3. The Greenspan approach is a parent-_____ approach and a therapist-____ approach.
    1. supported; centered
    2. centered; supported
    3. supported; directed
    4. advocated; centered