Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning

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Meeting People Where They Are

Important Updates on ICDL Related to COVID-19

As you scroll down this homepage you will see important updates with new supports and programs for both parents and professionals. We are responding to this crisis and adjusting our operations based on our belief that we need to meet people where they are at. The name "Floortime" is somewhat of a misnomer. It has a broader meaning than simply getting on the floor. What it means is that we meet the person where they are at, wherever that is. For young children it is on the floor. But, for older children or adults, it is usually not on the floor. Yet, we are still doing Floortime because even though we are not on the floor, we are still focused on meeting the person where they are at. As an organization, we live out this tenet of the approach in how we conduct ourselves on a day-to-day basis. Our goal is to always meet people where they are at currently. With all of the impacts of COVID-19, we are embracing this philosophy and making many changes and adding many options for both professionals and parents to "meet you where you are at." Please take a look. We understand that everyone is stressed and we hope our adjustments and additions to our programs can be a help to you. If you are facing financial challenges that make any of the options shown below inaccessible, please e-mail us at and we will do our best to be of assistance in making our programs accessible to you.

Resources for Parents

Weekly Live Online Parent Peer Support

These are drop-in support meetings to help support families that are using Floortime with their children or just beginning to explore new ways to promote their child's development and learning. Parenting is hard enough but with the added stress of our current health crisis, it is especially challenging. Come to one or come to is up to you. Start at any point. We are here for you when you need the support, guidance, or just to share stories and experiences. Meetings are Mondays 1:00 - 2:00PM US Eastern Time. These meetings are open to parents from anywhere around the world! Click here to register today.

Free Live Online Mini-Seminars for Parents

THIS WEEK: Following the Child's Lead: What is it? May 28 at 10:00AM US ET. This is a short 45 minute presentation for parents and caregivers followed by questions and answers. Description: You hear the phrase all the time in Floortime - "follow the child's lead..." But what does this actually mean? This presentation will explain Dr. Greenspan's coined phrase and give you practical tips on how to follow your child's lead to help support their social emotional development. Please click here to register for this free session.

NEXT WEEK: Being Partners While Being Parents on June 4 at 7:00PM. This session will focus on how to care for each other as parents and partners as you care for your child(ren).

For on the Floor Video Series

Dr. Gil Tippy, a DIRFloortime Expert, is creating a series of short 4-minute videos on fun Floortime activities. Click here to watch these helpful short videos.

Free Floortime Consultations for Parents

ICDL is offering up to 2 free virtual (live online) Floortime consultations for parents now through June 30, 2020 (space is limited). This is for parents that are either totally new to Floortime and want to begin to explore it or those that are early in exploring Floortime. Click here to schedule an appointment.

50% Off Floortime Coaching

ICDL offers virtual Floortime consultation and coaching through our therapy center currently. ICDL has mastered the use of online learning and supports and we are extending this service to families at 50% off the usual price now through May 31, 2020. To learn more and schedule an appointment please email

DIR 101 Courses at $49 USD

The regular price for DIR 101 courses for parents start at $109. Now through April 30, 2020, parents can join any live online DIR 101 course for only $49 USD. Click here to view the courses.

Tips for Supporting Your Child's Emotional Health in a Time of Stress

Check out Jeff Guenzel's blog posts. There are some good tips on supporting emotional health in this time of crisis.

Free Q&A Sessions for Parents

Jeffrey Guenzel, ICDL's CEO, along with Floortime experts host one-hour live online sessions to simply answer any questions a parent has about ICDL, child development, Floortime, parenting, coping with the COVID-19 health crisis, or any related topic. Click here to sign up.

Resources for Professionals

Reduced Price Live Online DIR 101 Courses

The regular price for the DIR 101: An Introduction to DIR® and Floortime course for professionals starts at $189 USD. For select live online courses, ICDL is offering the courses for as low as $49 USD (Prices vary). This includes courses in English and other languages (more will be added this week). Click here to view course options.

Big News About Professional Certificate Courses

We understand that many clinics and schools are closed which makes our case presentation format impractical or impossible for many. We have reworked our curriculum to temporarily allow participants to earn a Basic Certificate or Certificate of Proficiency (DIR 201 and DIR 202) without conducting a case presentation. This will apply for all courses starting before June 30, 2020. We will use alternate learning processes such as role plays and case reflections to facilitate the learning and assess your understanding of the model.

For DIR 203, which is focused on parent coaching, we are fully accepting virtual online or phone sessions for the case presentations. We have always accepted this, but we want to make sure everyone knows it is an option.

Click here to view DIR 201, 202, and 203 course options.

Additional Live Online Courses

In an attempt to give professionals stuck at home short simple ways to engage in continuing education at a low cost, ICDL has added two new courses.

DIR 310: Using the Functional Emotional Assessment Scale (FEAS) is a six-hour live online course that will teach professionals how to administer the FEAS. ICDL is also providing free access to the FEAS book and scoresheets. This course will start on April 20, 2020. Click here for more information.

DIR 320: DIR in Schools is a six-hour live online course focused on creative ways to implement Floortime in the school setting. This course will be led by two of our DIRFloortime Experts from the Rebecca School in New York City. Now more than ever, the principles of DIR will be useful to teachers and school personnel to help children be able to learn. Learning can only happen if we support a child's functional emotional developmental capacities. The current stressors of COVID-19 are going to challenge this core foundation in a very unique way. The course will take place on Fridays from May 15 - 29, 2020. Click here for more information and to register.

What professionals should attend the DIRFloortime Professional Certificate courses?

Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Teachers, Physical Therapists, Early Intervention Specialists, Day Care Professionals, Art Therapists, Music Therapists, and any other professionals that supports the development of infants, children, young adults, and adults. DIR 101 is also for parents and parents can attend other professional certificate courses too. Please click here to learn more. Some of our courses are at locations around the world and some are delivered through our live online classrooms. Either way, you'll get an opportunity to learn through an interactive face-to-face format from amazing experts in the field.

We Have Virtual Parent Support Services

ICDL's flagship DIR Floortime® Therapy Center is located in Livingston, New Jersey, USA. We provide DIR Floortime® Therapy and Parent Coaching, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, Feeding Therapy, and many other related services to children and families from around the world. Please review our therapy center page for details.

Courses Are Available Live Online

ICDL has the original and official DIR® and DIRFloortime® (AKA Floortime®) training program. Beginning with the DIR 101: An Introduction to DIR® and DIRFloortime® all the way through our DIRFloortime® Expert Training Leader course, we offer courses throughout the world and live online. The faculty is amazing and the courses are incredible.

What is ICDL?

The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting each person's development to its fullest potential. Through the genius and leadership of Dr. Stanley Greenspan, ICDL was formed 30 years ago and became the official home of DIR® and DIRFloortime®. DIRFloortime® is used to help children, young adults, and even adults with a wide range of emotional, sensory, regulatory, motor, learning, and developmental challenges. Furthermore, DIRFloortime® is being recognized as the next generation of evidence-based interventions for autism. ICDL provides training for professionals and parents as well as DIRFloortime® based therapy services at the ICDL International DIRFloortime® Therapy Center.

Announcements & Events:

Do you want to host a DIR® course? Click Here

Do you want to set up consultation for your organization or school to implement a Floortime program? Click here to make an appointment with Jeff Guenzel, ICDL's Executive Director.

D.I.R. Floortime (also known as Floortime) is an intervention that is used to promote an individual's development through a respectful, playful, joyful, and engaging process. It uses the power of relationships and human connections to promote engagement, communication, positive behaviors, and thinking. It is based on the DIR® model that was developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and his colleagues. It is used around the world by teachers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, mental health professionals, parents, and many others that care for individuals with developmental challenges or other related needs. It is an evidence-based approach to promoting human development that is used with children, young adults, and even adults...especially those on the autism spectrum.

Go to our page for Parents and check out the resources. We also offer free online support sessions for parents led by the founder of Affect Autism. Don't miss out on seeing the Affect Autism website. Affect Autism is our partnering website and service to provide support to parents.

Parents' Perspectives on DIR and ICDL...

Discovering DIR Floortime was a confirmation of my natural instinct. To experience and nurture my angel naturally allowed him to shine. -Parent, proud mother of two angels

I, for the first time, feel empowered as a parent to continue to support my son's developmental growth! - Parent, Participant in an introduction to DIR Floortime® course

We just feel so supported by everyone there [at the therapy center]. We’re exactly where we need to be. It’s been better and more than we imagined and hoped. -Parents and recent clients at ICDL's Therapy Center completing a Floortime intensive program with their children

Did you like Amythest's "What is Autism" video? Go to our Advocacy page to see her What is ABA? is so important to hear the perspectives of those on the spectrum. Also, you can visit our About Autism page for more information too.

ICDL offers the original and official DIR® and DIRFloortime® certificate courses. Don't get misled by others. DIR, DIRFloortime, and Floortime are trademarks of ICDL, Inc. in the United States and/or internationally. ICDL has an approved network of trainers and training centers around the world. Make sure your course is approved by ICDL and meets our quality, fidelity, and curriculum standards. Questions? Just e-mail us at or call us at 301-304-8834.

Pronunciation Note

"DIR" is an initialism form of an acronym meaning that each letter is stated rather than pronouncing it as a word. So, "DIR" is pronounced "D" "I" "R". "ICDL" is the same way and each letter is stated rather than pronouncing it as a single word.

With DIRFloortime® professionals in over 50 countries around the world, you can search the DIRectory for professionals from just about anywhere. Search for DIR® professionals, review their listing, and contact them all from one place.

Stanley Greenspan, MD (1941-2010)

ICDL Founding President

Stanley Greenspan was the founding president of the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning and founding president of Zero to Three: The National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families. He was Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at George Washington University Medical School. As a foremost authority on clinical work with infants and young children, Dr. Greenspan was a recipient of many national and international awards including the American Psychiatric Association's highest award for child psychiatry research. He was also the author or editor of over forty books which have been translated into over a dozen languages.

Listen to Dr. Greenspan

We are lucky to have hundreds of web radio podcasts that Dr. Greenspan led. In these podcasts, you get to hear straight from Dr. Greenspan. It is a unique and wonderful opportunity.