ICDL Therapy & Training Center at Livingston
ICDL's Flagship International DIR Floortime Therapy Center

The ICDL Therapy & Training Center at Livingston is a revolutionary therapy center using the latest evidence-based techniques to address the core challenges of Autism and other developmental disorders.  For many years, Autism and other developmental challenges have been viewed as behavioral disorders.  This is simply not correct.  We understand so much more about Autism and other developmental challenges now and we know that there is much more we can do to promote development than simply to focus on external behaviors or to simply train children to learn discrete skills.  Using a “whole child” approach, we can improve behaviors in a much more meaningful and lasting way by improving a child’s core functioning.  The key is to get to the core of the issues and not just to focus on the surface behaviors.  Here ate ICDL, we use an inside-out philosophy that effectively gets to the core functioning issues.  The added bonus is that we do it using a joyful, playful, and respectful process that everyone loves.

ICDL welcomes families from the local area as well as internationally.  Please contact us at livingston@icdl.com or call us at 973-797-9680 if you have any questions or would like more information.  We look forward to serving you. 

ICDL at Livingston Services
  • Floortime Therapy
  • Floortime Coaching for Parents (in-person or virtually)
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Autism focused therapy
  • Feeding Therapy
  • Sensory Integration Therapy
  • Virtual Floortime Coaching Worldwide
  • Intensive week-long Floortime therapy sessions
  • Social Skills Groups

We serve children, teens, and young adults with autism and other developmental challenges. The Developmental, Individual-differences, and Relationship-based model (DIR®) is our guiding philosophy to all of the therapy provided at the ICDL Therapy & Training Center. We believe every child has incredible potential and through an engaging and respectful process, we can help your child achieve success others may have told you is not possible.

Our Interdisciplinary team will assess your child from a holistic perspective with a focus on your child’s sensory, motor, and emotional processing systems. From this comprehensive assessment, we develop an “Individual Profile” of your child. This individual profile will help you understand your child from the “inside-out’ so that you can tune into and navigate their emotional world and support their overall development. We help parents move from feeling as if you are constantly managing behaviors to a process where you will know you are promoting your child’s development in a very meaningful way, while having fun with your child.

ICDL at Livingston is...

the first DIR Floortime treatment and research center of its kind that is staffed by top experts in the field from the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL). For nearly 30 years ICDL has been a leader in understanding child development and autism. We use the latest evidence-based techniques to address the core challenges of Autism and other developmental disorders.

Here at ICDL, we use an inside-out philosophy that effectively gets to the core functioning issues by using the power of relationships and human connections to promote engagement, communication, positive behaviors, thinking, and learning.

We provide comprehensive interdisciplinary assessments, specialized treatments, parent coaching, and parent support groups, because we believe in providing holistic family-centered care.

Floortime  Coaching for Parents

The best way to learn how to implement Floortime with your child is through coaching.  We can provide parent coaching in our center and/or to anyone anywhere in the world through our live online platform.  The cost is reasonable and the process is very effective.  Contact us today to learn more at livingston@icdl.com.

Our Philosophy

We believe every individual has the potential to grow and develop. We also understand the important role parents, caregivers, and families have in raising, supporting, and teaching a child with developmental difficulties. Through a DIRFloortime® approach, we help families gain insights into their child’s development and functioning. Through these insights, families then are empowered to take real action to help their child reach his or her fullest potential.

What is DIR Floortime®?

The D.I.R. Floortime approach is based on the fact that emotion and social-emotional experiences (relationships and interactions with others) are critical to the growth of the mind and brain. For many children with developmental challenges such as Autism, social-emotional experiences can be challenging. In Floortime, we get this emotional process going by first “following the child’s lead.” Following your child's lead means following his or her interests and strengths that are driven by their emotions. 

What interests your child?

What makes your child feel happy, sad, frustrated, withdrawn, etc.?

What makes your child meltdown or tantrum?

What struggles does your child experience at home, in school, or out in the community?

Whatever it is, your child's interest is your clue. It is your window into what he or she is feeling and thinking. We can help you learn how to follow your child's lead to help them overcome what may be most difficult or may be holding them back. 

Floortime All the Time and Everywhere

Did you know Floortime can be done anywhere? We will help you learn skills that can be used in the house, backyard, supermarket, and at the playground.
  • Floortime can include everyone - other children, siblings, peers, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, teachers, etc.
  • Floortime can be done at any time of the day - after supper, in the bathtub, or cuddling in bed!
  • Floortime can be done in the car, when doing laundry, eating breakfast, getting dressed, and washing the dishes – ALL THE TIME, EVERYWHERE.
Our team of experts will help you challenge and expand your child’s development through a respectful, playful, and joyful process that will keep your child engaged.  The key requirement is that you and your child enjoy these moments!

Prices and Insurance Coverage

ICDL is an in-network provider for a growing list of health insurance companies.  Please contact us for details on costs and insurance coverage.