Sara Chapman is an Educational and DIR® Consultant in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. She specializes in working with children with special needs and their families, primarily in home and community-based settings. Sara believes in capitalizing on each child's unique strengths, individual differences, and specific learning styles to support growth, development, and learning potential. Sara holds a master's and teaching credential in special education. She is a graduate of the DIR® Institute, completing the DIR®/Floortime Certificate through the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL) and now trains others in the model as a tutor and DIR® Facilitator. Sara is also an Assistant Faculty member of the Profectum Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing treatment methods for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and their families. Sara is also a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and consults with school programs.
Relationships are the key to learning. In building a relationship with a child, we create opportunities for growth. All children need a chance to develop their individual strengths and understand their challenges, so that they can reach their full potential. It is important to utilize a child’s internal motivation to nurture his or her strengths as well as build upon a child’s challenges to help them develop a strong, healthy sense of self. Above all, children with special needs are children first.
Sara Chapman, MA
Educational and DIR®/Floortime Consultant