Development of the Parent

Development of the Parent: The Child's Contribution

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Claudia Gold, MD, Author of Keeping Your Child in Mind, & Dana Johnson, MS, OTR


This presentation will integrate the concept of “holding a child’s mind in mind” with the DIR Floortime model. We will show the application of these ideas in the settings of everyday parenting and primary care pediatrics, as well as in a referred population of infants and young children with suspected developmental disorders.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to

  • describe the concept of “reflective function” or “holding the child in mind” and as it relates to the DIR/Floortime model

  • explain how state regulation and sensory processing can support the concept of “holding the child in mind”

  • apply the integrated DIR/floortime/reflective functioning model to parenting and primary care pediatrics as well as a referred population.