Workshop on use of DIR-Floortime model set for this month at UM

Posted July 09, 2011, at 2:20 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine’s Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies will hold a workshop July 21-23 focused on the DIR-Floortime model.

It offers a comprehensive framework that allows therapists, parents and educators to construct an intervention program tailored to the unique challenges and strengths of each child with developmental challenges, including autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, according to a UMaine press release.

Psychologist Kathleen Platzman will lead the workshop with Mary Beth Stark, a licensed speech-language pathologist specializing in social communication disorders in children. Platzman was a colleague of the late Stanley Greenspan, who developed the model.

The objectives of the Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based-Floortime Model are to build healthy foundations for social, emotional and intellectual capacities rather than focusing on skills and isolated behaviors, according to information on the program’s website.

The Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies is part of Maine’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

For more information about the summer workshop, contact Sandra Doctoroff at 866-230-4520 or email sandra.doctoroff@umit.maine.edu.

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