Engaging and Respecting Autism

February 11, 2017   Hong Kong

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DIR® 101: Introduction to DIR® Courses Available

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DIR® in Education Conference January 21, 2017
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New DIR® Certificate Courses Just Posted

ICDL: The Home of DIR® & DIRFloortime® is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to redefining and promoting each child's development to their fullest potential.  ICDL is the original and leading training resource for DIR/Floortime.  Through the genius and leadership of Dr. Stanley Greenspan, ICDL has led the interdisciplinary movement to implement a revolutionary approach to understanding and improving a child's development. DIR® is the Developmental, Individual-differences, & Relationship-based approach that has become the foundation for understanding child development and providing support and intervention that helps children reach their fullest potential.  DIRFloortime® (also known as Floortime®/TM) uses the DIR® foundation to provide an intervention for children with Autism and other mental health and developmental disabilities that has been shown through research and practice to be very effective.  

ICDL is proud to be the official home of DIR® and DIRFloortime®.  ICDL provides the original and only official DIRFloortime® Certificate Program with training available online and in-person around the world.  Official DIR® and DIRFloortime® trainings are provided directly by ICDL and through an international network of approved training providers.  Click here to view a list of upcoming courses offered by ICDL and our approved network of trainers.

All children have within them the potential to be great kids. It's our job to create a great world where this potential can flourish.
- Stanley Greenspan, MD in Great Kids

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ICDL has been the organization leading the development of DIR® and the DIRFloortime® (AKA Floortime®) approach and as such holds registered trademarks in the United States and/or many other countries throughout much of the world for the above names.  Learn more...


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Why is ICDL more important than ever? We embrace the inner life of each child and person.  We don’t focus on simply what they do, but who they are and who they are within.
-Dr. Gerard Costa, ICDL Trustee


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ICDL Founding President: Stanley Greenspan, MD (1941-2010)

Dr. Stanley Greenspan was the founding president of the Interdisciplinary Council on Development  and Learning and founding president of Zero to Three: The National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families. He was Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at George Washington University Medical School. As a foremost authority on clinical work with infants and young children Dr. Greenspan was a recipient of many national and international awards, including American Psychiatric Association's highest award for child psychiatry research. He is the author or editor of over forty books which have been translated into over a dozen languages.

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What is DIR?DIR: Evidence Base Quick FactsRedefining Autism: The DIR Model and DIRFloortime Approach

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