Doing Floortime with Adolescents:

 A Journey Into Adulthood

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Friederike Heyndrickx, MA, Psychology, Bristol, UK & Cecilia Breinbauer, MD, MPH, Maryland, US

  • Description:

The focus of this presentation is to explore and discuss how to support adolescents and young adults using the DIR model. Adolescence can be a challenging period for anyone, not only for autistic individuals. Some of the challenges they face are an increased awareness of “being different”, wanting to fit in; physical change not necessary in sync with emotional and cognitive development and increased anxiety of what will happen in the future. To strengthen our relationship and support youngsters to grow into more confident adults, we as interveners or parents can support them by exploring and deepening all the FEDL´s taking into account their individual profile.Videos will illustrate a journey together of moving up the developmental ladder while strengthening all levels upward, downward and sideways. “Journey together” because as an intervener or parent we have to learn to adapt our way of interacting and engaging to support in the best way possible. For example how to manage regulation and sensory needs age appropriately, working with a different interests and motivations (Disney vs transformers) and realizing time constraints: the big wide world is around the corner and wanting to give quick fixes.


  • Learning Objectives:

    • Describe how the DIR model can be utilized as a way of interacting with all adolescents, not only autistic individuals
    • Describe strategies that can support young people to overcome the challenges that adolescents might bring
    • Describe how an intervener/parent has to tailor their relational style and expectations to support adolescents moving up the developmental ladder

Jeffrey Guenzel,
Mar 13, 2014, 8:23 AM