Annual Conference

November 6 & 7, 2020

Baltimore, MD, USA

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The 2020 24th Annual International

DIRFloortime® Conference

Promoting Growth & Development from the Inside Out

November 6 & 7, 2020

9:00AM - 5:00PM Each Day

Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

SPECIAL WORKSHOP TRACK FOR EDUCATORS!

New to DIRFloortime®?

Complete DIR 101: An Introduction to DIR® and DIRFloortime® at the conference!.

LIVE STREAMING WILL BE AVAILABLE!

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ALFIE KOHN

Keynote

PUNISHED BY REWARDS: From "Doing to" to "Working with"

Sure, we understand the importance of a relationship-based developmental approach in helping individuals with developmental challenges. But it's also important to know when (and why) a strategy doesn't make sense -- particularly if it's uncritically accepted and widely used. In his keynote address, Alfie Kohn, author of Punished by Rewards and Unconditional Parenting, will argue that manipulating people's behavior -- training them as though they were pets -- is both morally objectionable and, according to decades of research, unlikely to be effective in the long run. That's true for children and adults on and off the spectrum. Interventions such as ABA often prove counterproductive for multiple reasons: their preoccupation with measurable behaviors to the exclusion of the experience of the human being who engages in those behaviors; the proven drawbacks of carrot-and-stick control across a wide range of settings; and the poisonous message of conditional acceptance: "You are valuable only when you act the way you are told." To promote humane and constructive alternatives, we must be prepared to offer a persuasive critique of the behaviorist status quo.

Alfie Kohn is the author of 14 books on education, parenting, and human behavior, including PUNISHED BY REWARDS (1993/2018), THE SCHOOLS OUR CHILDREN DESERVE (1999), UNCONDITIONAL PARENTING (2005), and THE MYTH OF THE SPOILED CHILD (2014). He has appeared twice on “Oprah” as well as on many other TV and radio programs. His hundreds of articles -- published in periodicals such as the New York Times, The Atlantic, Parents, and the Review of Educational Research -- include: “Five Reasons to Stop Saying ‘Good Job!’”, “It's Not About Behavior," and “Why Self-Discipline is Overrated.” Kohn works with educators, parents, and others across the country and abroad, and he speaks regularly at national conferences. Kohn lives (actually) in the Boston area and (virtually) at www.alfiekohn.org.

GWENDOLYN & ZAYNE HARSHAW

Closing Keynote & Performance

The Unexpected Gift: Autism, Music, and the Story of Following Our Son's Passion

At 4 years old Zayne was diagnosed with autism. Gwen will share how they found strength through Zayne’s gifts instead of focusing on his weaknesses. Today, Zayne is a member of the band Blue Spectrum which has another autistic member as well. He taught himself to play the guitar. Music has really transformed him from a painfully shy boy to an extremely confident musician. Gwen’s son’s diagnosis has transformed her life. She will share her personal journey as a parent of a child on the spectrum and how following his passion brought him, and her and her husband Gene, to places they never expected. Click here to listen to a sample of Zayne's amazing guitar skills. His performance will be an incredible ending to our 2-day conference.

Expert Floortime Presentations

In addition to the incredible keynote presenters, the ICDL faculty of DIRFloortime® Experts will be presenting sessions on Floortime with case presentations, video examples, and lots of clinical, classroom, and home examples of how to use Floortime. The applications for Floortime continue to grow and the research and clinical practice continues to show very positive outcomes for children, adolescents, young adults, and even adults. You won't want to miss out on this depth dive into Floortime and the use of the DIR® framework at the clinic, school, and home.

Conference Location & Accommodations

Hyatt Baltimore Inner Harbor

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Continuing Education

ICDL will announce CEU information once we have all of the conference presentations confirmed. We expect to have professional continuing education credits for educators, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, counselors, social workers, music therapists, and others. Continuing education credits for the live streaming will be more limited.

Call for Presentations

The format of the conference will be keynote and plenary sessions on Saturday November 7th and multiple concurrent workshops all day on Friday November 6th. ICDL welcomes presentation proposals from the DIR Floortime community and others who work to support growth and development from the "inside out". Please submit your presentation proposal by May 31, 2020.

For more information and to submit a proposal, please click here.

SUPER EARLY BIRD BEFORE JANUARY 30, 2020

2-Day Super Early Bird

Professionals: $199

Parents & Self Advocates: $139

Saturday November 7, 2020 Only Super Early Bird

Professionals: $129

Parents and Self Advocates: $89

Full 2-day Registration

Professionals: $289

Parents and Self Advocates: $189

Saturday November 7, 2020 Only

Professionals: $189

Parents and Self Advocates: $109

Live streaming options will be posted in February.

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