Autism Spectrum Disorders
DIR is the Developmental, Individual-differences, & Relationship-based model that has become the foundation for understanding child development and providing support and intervention that helps children reach their fullest potential. The DIR model is also a framework that helps clinicians conduct comprehensive assessments and develop educational and/or intervention programs tailored to the unique challenges and strengths of each child. Being a relationship based approach it works on the fundamental foundations required to be a successful communicator. The strength of the model is that it takes into consideration the ‘whole’ child when looking at maximising a child’s social & communicative development, as well as being highly individualised for each child and family. The model also includes empowering parents through coaching as a vehicle for promoting change outside the therapy setting.
While the DIR model helps us understand and promote the positive development of all children, DIR and DIRFloortime are most commonly utilized with children with educational, social-emotional, mental health, and/or developmental challenges. DIRFloortime has become most widely known as an approach to support children with with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
Francine is one of a handful of practitioners in South Australia to be qualified in this treatment approach to developmental disorders at the Fellows Level of certification.
Other approaches offered through this practice for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders includes:
*Video-modelling (when working on social skills)
*Visual supports and systems (including schedules)
*Picture Exchange Communication (PECS)
*Social Skills training
*Play based social communication for young children