Welcome to ICDL!  The Home of DIR® & DIRFloortime®

ICDL: The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to redefining and promoting each child's development to their fullest potential.  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®) 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 training providers.

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 Kid

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Redefining Autism: The DIR® Model and the DIRFloortime® Approach
DIR® and DIRFloortime®: Evidence-Base Quick Facts


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DIR®, DIRFloortime®, and Floortime®

 ICDL has been the organization leading the development of DIR®, Floortime®, and the DIRFloortime® 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. 

ICDL is committed to expanding the use of the DIRFloortime® model and appreciates the many professionals around the world that share this mission.  However, if the agency, organization, school, or individual does not expressly indicate that they are using our trademark(s) with permission from ICDL, then they may not be recognized by ICDL, and may be using the trademark illegally.  ICDL has no way to ensure the quality of the care or training of those not associated with ICDL. 

We encourage you to contact the ICDL CEO if you have any concerns about whether a provider or organization has permission to use the ICDL trademarks or to determine if the trainings being offered are eligible for the DIRFloortime® Certificate Program. 

If you are a provider or agency wishing to use any ICDL trademarks or are seeking approval for a training, please contact the ICDL CEO to request authorization and approval.  ICDL supports the use of DIRFloortime® (also known as Floortime®) and DIR® by providers that share our mission of helping every child achieve his or her greatest potential.  Please simply contact us in advance for approval.  Thank you.  



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Stanley Greenspan, MD (1941-2010)

Dr. Stanley Greenspan was the past president and co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders 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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