Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning

Home of DIR® and DIRFloortime®

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 services and supports for parents as well as DIRFloortime® based therapy services and parent-led home programs through the ICDL International DIRFloortime® Therapy Center.

  • Free Virtual Floortime Consultations for Parents. Learn about Floortime, Parent Coaching, Developing an Autism Home Program, and Services Available at ICDL.
  • Weekly Free Live Online Parent Peer Support Sessions
  • Free Live Online Mini-Seminars for Parents
  • For on the Floor Video Series with Dr. Gil Tippy (Free)
  • Implement Floortime at Home. Virtual Floortime Coaching
  • DIR 101 Courses live online for parents at only $49 USD
  • Free Q&A Sessions for Parents with ICDL's Executive Director, Jeffrey Guenzel, MA, LPC. Ask anything about Floortime, ICDL, or child development.
  • Learn How to Effectively Promote Your Child's Development
  • DIR 101: An Introduction to DIR® and DIRFloortime® Courses
  • DIRFloortime® Professional Certificate Courses
  • Courses Available Live Online!
  • Functional Emotional Assessment Scale Administration Courses
  • DIR in Schools Courses
  • Engaging Autism Courses
  • Host a DIR® Course in Your Center, School, or Community
  • Professional Continuing Education for Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Counselors, Early Intervention Specialists, Physical Therapists, Educators, Music Therapists, Art Therapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, and Others Supporting Children with Developmental and Emotional Challenges

We Have Virtual Parent Support Services

ICDL's flagship DIR Floortime® Therapy Center is located in Livingston, New Jersey, USA and virtual services are available worldwide. Through parent coaching and intensive Floortime therapy programs, ICDL can help you implement a Floortime therapy program at home. Our experts can help you and your child using a respectful, joyful, and EFFECTIVE therapy program.

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.

Meeting People Where They Are

As you view our site you will see some special discounts and supports for both parents and professionals. We are responding to the current difficult times 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 have made program changes and discounted many courses and services 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.

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. Among many of the services available to parents, we 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 parent peer support and education partnering website to provide many great resources from parents by 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? video...it 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 info@icdl.com 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.