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Saturday, August 27, 2011

1-day DIR/Floortime Conference, 10/15/11, Burbank, CA ($100)

When:  Saturday, October 15, 2011 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Pacific Time). 
Where: Los Angeles Marriott: Burbank Airport, 2500 North Hollywood Way Burbank, California 91505 United States. 
Phone: 626-793-7350 x219
Course Description
DIR® is the original parent-mediated intervention for young children with special needs. This conference will examine the success of the DIR®/Floortime approach to intervention. Speakers will shed light on their experience with DIR®/Floortime in diverse settings, including the home, clinic and educational setting. There will be an opportunity to explore the many DIR®/Floortime services available in California. This conference will be of interest to parents, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, dietitians, mental health professionals, registered nurses, educators, early interventionists, and any professionals involved in the care of children with special needs. This conference is sponsored by the DIR®/Floortime Coalition of California, the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders, and Pasadena Child Development Associates.

Course Objectives

Following this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Describe the three components of the DIR®/Floortime approach
  2. Identify the goals and outcomes of a DIR®/Floortime Program
  3. Explain how DIR®/Floortime is used for infants, children and young adults of all abilities
  4. Explain how affect-based (emotional) interactions and relationships are the core of the DIR®/Floortime approach
  5. Describe how the DIR®/Floortime approach builds capacities for social interaction, language and communication, and higher-level thinking
  6. Identify how DIR® programs are used in the home, community clinic, and school setting
  7. Access research which supports the DIR®/Floortime approach


®/Floortime: The Heart and Soul of Supporting Children with Special Needs and Their Families
Barbara Kalmanson, PhD
Licensed Psychologist& Special Educator, Academic Dean, ICDL Graduate School

Young Adult Panel
Young adults with developmental challenges will speak about their experiences growing up and where they are today.

The P.L.A.Y. Project’s Findings: Research and Evidence Supporting DIR
Richard Solomon, MD
Medical Director of the P.L.A.Y. Project at the Ann Arbor Center for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

12-1:30pm, Lunch (on your own)

1:30-2:30pm, Session 1
® Model: A School-based Approach
Kelly Ettinger
, M.A. Ed.; Keri Allen, MOTR/L; Sara Chapman M.A.
The Creekside School, San Jose, CA

2:30-3:30pm, Session 2
Anxiety & Autism: The Perfect Storm
Ricki Robinson, MD, MPH Co-Director of The Descanso Medical Center for Development and Learning; Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at USC Keck School of Medicine

3:30-4:30pm, Session 3
® Montage
This session will feature a video montage with contributions from many of the DIR®/Floortime programs in California.  At the conclusion, there will be a live performance.

Continuing Education - additional $50 charge (total registration, $150)

This course meets the qualifications for 6.0 hours of continuing professional development credit for the following:
Speech and Language Pathologists
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Occupational Therapists
Pasadena Child Development Associates is an approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) #4956.
Approved Provider of Continuing education - AOTA
Pasadena Child Development Associates is an approved provider towards licensure requirements by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

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