The 2019 23rd Annual International DIRFloortime® Conference
October 3 & 4, 2019

Broadway Studios
San Francisco, California
Broadway Studios

An historic theater located in
San Francisco's beautiful "Little Italy"
435 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

Please note, this is an old theater and it is not wheelchair accessible.  To enter the theater, patrons must use a staircase.  ICDL is offering live-online streaming as an alternative.  Please see below for details. 

Registration Fees

Two-Day In-Person Conference
Professionals: $299
Parents, Students, or Autistic Self Advocates: $129

One-Day In-Person Conference (either day)*
Professionals: $189
Parents, Students, or Autistic Self-Advocates: $99

Live Online Streaming*
2-Day Professionals: $229
2-Day Parents, Students, or Autistic Self-Advocates: $79
*Professional CEUs are not available for one-day registrants nor the live online streaming


The Gaylord Palms Resort
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Friday September 23, 2016
8:00 - 9:00AM Registration
9:00 - 9:30AM Welcome
9:30 - 10:40AM Opening Keynote
10:40 - 11:00AM Break & Book Signing
11:00AM - 12:00PM Ballroom Presentation
12:00 - 1:00PM Lunch & Film Presentation(served)
1:00 - 2:00PM Ballroom Presentation
2:00 - 2:15 Break
2:15 - 3:15PM Ballroom Presentation
3:30 - 5:00PM  Workshops
Saturday September 24, 2016
8:30 - 9:00AM Registration
9:00 - 11:00 Ballroom Presentations
11:00 - 11:15AM Break
11:15AM - 12:00PM Ballroom Presentation
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch (on your own)
1:00 - 2:30PM Workshops
2:30 - 3:00PM Break
3:00 - 4:30PM Workshops

You can scroll through our Facebook postings below to see the latest announcements.

Opening Keynote: Steve Silberman.  Author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

Steve Silberman is an award-winning science writer whose articles have appeared in Wired, the New Yorker, the MIT Technology Review, Nature, Salon, Shambhala Sun, and many other publications. He is the author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity (Avery 2015), which Oliver Sacks called a “sweeping and penetrating history…presented with a rare sympathy and sensitivity.” The book became a widely-praised bestseller in the United States and the United Kingdom, and won the 2015 Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction. It was chosen as one of the Best Books of 2015 by The New York Times, The Economist, The Financial Times, The Boston Globe, The Independent, and many other publications. In April 2016, Silberman gave the keynote speech at the United Nations for World Autism Awareness Day. His TED talk, “The Forgotten History of Autism,” has been viewed more than a million times and translated into 25 languages. His article “The Placebo Problem” won the 2010 Science Journalism Award for Magazine Writing from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Kavli Foundation, and was featured on The Colbert Report. His writing on science, culture, and literature has been collected in a number of major anthologies including The Best American Science Writing of the Year and The Best Business Stories of the Year. Silberman’s Twitter account @stevesilberman made Time magazine’s list of the best Twitter feeds for the year 2011. He is proud to be a member of the PEN American Center.

Silberman also won a gold record from the Recording Industry Association of America for co-producing the Grateful Dead’s career-spanning box set So Many Roads (1965-1995), which was Rolling Stone’s box set of the year. His liner notes have been featured in CDs and DVDs by Crosby, Stills, and Nash, the Jerry Garcia Band, and many other groups. As a young man, he was Allen Ginsberg’s teaching assistant at Naropa University. He lives with his husband Keith in San Francisco.    Read more....

Day Two Keynote: Kingkaew Pajareya, MD with Gerry Costa, PhD, and Jeff Guenzel, MA.  Floortime Thailand: A Journey from One Person’s Vision to a Multi-Site Floortime Program

Leading DIRFloortime researcher Dr. Kingkaew Pajareya is the founder and leader of Floortime Thailand.  She has built a multi-site Floortime program providing services throughout much of Thailand with an interdisciplinary team of over 40 professionals.  Dr. Pajareya is the lead researcher of several published research studies on Floortime including a compelling randomized controlled trial study on DIR/Floortime.  Dr. Gerry Costa, Expert DIRFloortime Training Leader, and Mr. Jeff Guenzel, ICDL CEO, visited her program in Thailand earlier this year.  Dr. Costa and Mr. Guenzel will join Dr. Pajareya to share their experiences visiting Floortime Thailand.  This is a presentation you won’t want to miss!  Learn how Dr. Pajareya has accomplished so much and brought Floortime to hundreds of families in Thailand.


 ICDL has a developing list of top international presenters that we are in the process of finalizing and will be announcing each week now through July.  Follow us on Facebook to keep up with the announcements.  Here are just a few that have been announced so far.

Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP

The Importance of Social Connections as the Fuel for Brain Development and Learning

Joshua Feder, MD

Supporting Resilience in Young Children Living in Regions Impacted by Major Conflict and Trauma:

A DIR Approach

Karen Levine, PhD

Children and Anxiety

Kathleen Platzman, PhD

DIR and Families

Click here to view a brief description of the presentations.

Conference Moderator

Virginia Spielmann
is an Occupational Therapist, Clinical Director of SPOT Interdisciplinary Children's Therapy Centre and East Asia Training Director for ICDL.
She has been working with children with special needs since 1997 and has advanced training in Ayres Sensory Integration, DIR Floortime and Infant Mental Health.

Virginia’s special interest is in working with families with children who are experiencing developmental delays and have challenges with sensory integration, relating and engagement. Virginia uses an Ayres Sensory Integration and DIR Floortime approach to work with the whole family in promoting the building blocks of healthy emotional and behavioral development.

Virginia also mentors and trains clinicians, teachers, parents and carers on a variety of infant and child development, infant mental health and sensory integration related subjects. She is on the professional subcommittee of the Adoptive Families of Hong Kong charity and is part of the Ayres Sensory Integration 2020 Vision collaborative in her region of the world.