Assessment and Intervention Strategies Using The DIR/Floortime Approach - Summit Professional Education

Assessment and Intervention Strategies Using The DIR/Floortime Approach

Jennie Trocchio Kirkland Ph. D

Assessment and Intervention Strategies Using The DIR/Floortime Approach

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Course Highlights

  • Climbing the Developmental Ladder: Explore the 6 stages for healthy emotional and intellectual growth
  • Create individual profiles that focus on sensory processing, motor planning, visual-spatial processing and language to improve the effectiveness of interventions
  • Applying the DIR/Floortime model for effective interventions in home, clinical, educational settings
  • Practical research-based strategies you can use the nextday to support progress at any level!
  • Foster independence and competence through executive functioning, foundation-building strategies and related capacities
  • Video case studies of the intervention process: Real cases/real struggles/real success

Additional Info

It is estimated that 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Although many individuals share the same diagnosis, each individual has a unique pattern of development and processes information from the world around them differently. There is nothing 'cookiecutter' about autism and the same should hold true for intervention approaches. To be effective, research suggests interventions must be comprehensive, individualized, and target the core challenges of autism including relating, interacting, and communicating. The approach is DIR. The technique is Floortime.

This workshop will focus on the Developmental, Individual Differences and Relationship-based (DIR/Floortime) approach, a theoretical and practical model for professionals to comprehensively assess and create intervention programs, tailored to the individual strengths and challenges of each child. Through hands-on labs, participants will learn to use interactions to strengthen each child's social, emotional, and intellectual capacities.Participants will leave this workshop with practical strategies that can be utilized immediately to build strong developmental foundations for even your most difficult cases.

[ASHA:Intermediate level, Professional Area]
  1. Identify where a child is developmentally based on the functional emotional developmental levels (FEDLs).
  2. Incorporate individual profiles to improve the effectiveness of intervention.
  3. Utilize Floortime to meet a child at his/her current developmental level while challenging higher levels of relating, communicating, and thinking.
  4. View behaviors from a developmental lens.
  5. Recognize the importance of a multi-disciplinary team inassessment and intervention.
  6. Integrate DIR/Floortime into your clinical, educational, or home setting.
  1. Overview: A Developmental Approach
    1. What is a developmental model for intervention andassessment?
    2. Research-based strategies for individuals with ASD, SPD, and other developmental disabilities
    3. Explore the six stages of development
    4. The role of affect in development and intervention
    5. Video Case Studies
    6. Hands-on lab
  2. How to Use Individual Profiles to Improve the Effectiveness of Intervention
    1. Key components to consider when establishing an individual profile
    2. Focus on: Sensory processing, motor planning, visual- spatial processing, and language
    3. How to use individual profiles to guide intervention
    4. Hands-on lab
  3. Using Interactions to Strengthen Development
    1. Relationships as the foundation of learning and development
    2. The importance of child/caregiver interactions
    3. Floortime: The Philosophy and the therapeutictechnique
    4. Strategies to incorporate Floortime into your everyday interactions
  4. Understanding Behaviors from a Developmental Lens
    1. Key factors to consider when examining behaviors
    2. Behavior as communication
    3. Medical factors that may be underlying progress
  5. Fostering Independence Across the Spectrum
    1. Using executive functioning and related capacities to foster independence
    2. How to build foundations for competence and independence
    3. Turning passions and strengths into careers
    4. Hands-on lab
  6. Incorporating DIR/Floortime Across Educational, Therapeutic, and Home Settings
    1. How to integrate DIR/Floortime into your practice
    2. A multi-disciplinary approach to intervention
    3. The powers of reflective supervision

Jennie Trocchio, Ph.D., is an autism educator and consultant with extensive experience evaluating, educating, and creating programs for individuals with autism and related disorders. Dr. Trocchio is currently the founder of Autism Education and Development Solutions, an organization created to address real life challenges with concrete solutions to realize each child's potential. Previously, Dr. Trocchio has worked in both public and private educational settings. She launched Florida's only DIR/Floortime School where she served as the lead teacher, director of education, and president of the board of directors.

She is an advanced DIR/Floortime provider, certified in K-12 special education, and endorsed in the areas of autism, reading, and ESOL. Committed to remaining on the leading edge, she actively seeks out the most progressive methods and experts in the field. Dr. Trocchio has considerable experience speaking at national and local organizations to groups of all sizes, consisting of both professional and lay audiences. She earned her BS and MS from the University of Miami in Special Education, and her Ph.D. from Barry University in Leadership and Special Education with a focus in autism.

DISCLOSURES

FINANCIAL: Jennie Trocchio is compensated as the owner of Autism Education and Development Solutions. She is compensated by Lynn University as an adjunct professor and also by Summit as an instructor.

NONFINANCIAL: Jennie Trocchio launched a DIR/Floortime School where she previously served as the lead teacher, Director of Education, and President of the Board of Directors. She volunteers as speaker and consultant for the Broward Autism Foundation where she also serves as a Board member. Additionally, Dr. Trocchio voluntarily promotes the ICDL, PLAY Project and Profectum, three organizations who provide valuable resources to those working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Content Level: Intermediate

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