Research Support for the DIR/Floortime Model
The Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based (DIR®/Floortime™) Model is a developmental, interdisciplinary framework that enables clinicians, parents and educators to construct a comprehensive assessment and intervention program based on the child’s and family’s unique developmental profile. It enables the individual working with the child to enter the child’s world, bring the child into a shared world, and, from there, interact with the child in ways that build the foundations for social, emotional, and intellectual development. The profile includes understanding the child’s emotional, social, and intellectual level; individual differences in motor, sensory, and language functioning; and the existing caregiver, child and family functioning and interaction patterns.