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Healthy Development

Promote Healthy Development using the DIRFloortime Model

How does your child develop the miraculous abilities to love, think, communicate, and create, as well as to have self-control and feel compassion for others?  Many child-development theories focus on only one part of this puzzle, such as a child’s genes, cognitive skills, or a new way to set limits. But in fact what gives meaning to all parts of this puzzle and defines your child as a humane and intelligent human being is his continuing relationship with you. There are six essential types of experiences that simultaneously promote your child’s intelligence and emotional growth:


Your Child’s Developmental Goal

What You Can Do to Help

Capacity One

Self-Regulation and interest in the World

Help your baby look, listen, begin to move, and calm down.

Capacity Two

Engaging and Relating

Woo your baby into engaging with you with pleasure and delight

Capacity Three

Purposeful Two-Way Communication

Follow your baby’s lead and challenge him/her to exchange gestures and emotional signals with you about his/her interests

Capacity Four

Complex Communication and Shared Problem Solving

Become an interactive partner with your toddler as he/she learns to use a continuous flow of gestures with you to pursue his/her interests and meet his/her needs

Capacity Five

Using Symbols and Creating Emotional Ideas

Enter your child’s make-believe world as a character in his/her dramas. Engage him/her in long conversations about his/her interests, desires, and even his/her complaints

Capacity Six

Logical Thinking and Building Bridges Between Ideas

Challenge your child to connect his/her ideas together by seeking his/her opinion, enjoying his/her debates, and enlarging his/her pretend dramas.

Source: Greenspan S.I. (2000). Building Healthy Minds: The Six Experiences that Create Intelligence and Emotional Growth

in babies and Young Children. Da Capo Press, Perseus Books Group, MA, USA, 2000