The DIR® Model is a comprehensive framework for assessment  and intervention developed by Drs. Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder. This framework enables parents and professionals to develop an individualized program tailored to your child’s unique differences, strengths,and challenges. The goal is to help your child build healthy foundations for social, emotional, and intellectual development.


It is important to understand and build upon your child’s developmental capacities, including helping your child remain calm and attentive, engage and relate to others, and to communicate wants, needs, and ideas through play, building the way for academic learning. 

Individual Differences

Each child takes in, regulates, and responds to sensory information, such as sights, sounds, and touch, differently. Understanding your child’s unique differences will enable you to better determine what may be interfering with your child’s development and also find new ways to connect.


You are the key to helping your child grow and learn. Your child will learn through your relationship. By tailoring your affect and responses to your child’s individual differences, you will help him or her reach higher developmental capacities. 

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Floortime is a specific technique used within the DIR® Model to follow your child's lead through playful interactions. You learn to capitalize on your child’s natural motivation and interests, while simultaneously challenging your child to reach higher social, emotional, and intellectual capacities. This is the cornerstone of the model and is a key component to helping your child grow and learn. It might begin as a technique in engaging your child, but often evolves into a way of being with your child that permeates all interactions and activities. 

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The DIR® Model was developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and Dr. Serena Wieder and the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders. Information included on this page was obtained from www.icdl.com. Please visit this website if you are interested in learning more specific information about the DIR®/ Floortime™ Model.