2020 DIR® Conference

Conference Schedule

The 24th Annual International

DIRFloortime® Conference

Floortime All The Time and Everywhere

Schedule of Presentations*

All times are listed in USA Eastern Standard Time (New York City Time Zone). All sessions are open to participants worldwide!

Detailed descriptions of each presentation will be available in the conference program provided after registration.

We expect a few more presentations to be added too!

Sunday, November 01, 2020

7:00 PM

Values and Vision: Leading DIR into the Future

Jeffrey Guenzel, MA, LPC, ICDL Chief Executive Officer

Katya Sidor, MA, ICDL Deputy Director

Monday, November 02, 2020

1:00 PM

Good Autism Education is Just Good Education

Gil Tippy, PsyD, DIR-Expert

7:00 PM

Lessons of COVID: Things We Can Do Without, Absolute Must-Haves, and How to Tell Them Apart

Galina Itskovich, LCSW-R, DIR-Expert

9:00 PM

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Implemented within the DIRFloortime® Framework

Joleen Fernald, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

11:00 AM

The Value of Naturalistic Learning in the DIR Approach for Children with ASD from 3 to 8 Years Old

Alexey Glukhikh, Clinical Psychologist, DIR-Expert

8:00 PM

The Impact of Motor Planning Challenges on Social Emotional Development

Lyn Bennett, OTR/L, DIR-Expert

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

11:00 AM

Prospects for the Use of the DIRFloortime Method in the Child Palliative Care System

Alyona Akulova, Psychologist, DIR-Expert

8:00 PM

Promoting Growth without a Change Agenda

Virginia Spielmann, MSOT, ABD, DIR-Expert, Kasheena Holder,BA, DIR-Expert, and Gretchen Kamke, MS, OTR/L, DIR-Expert

Thursday, November 05, 2020

9:00 AM

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Implemented within the DIRFloortime Framework

Joleen Fernald, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, DIR-Expert

1:00 PM

Top of the heap? Learn why developmental approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorder are becoming the preferred ones and how to tell people about it.

Joshua Feder, MD, DIR-Expert

8:00 PM

Top of the heap? Learn why developmental approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorder are becoming the preferred ones and how to tell people about it.

Joshua Feder, MD, DIR-Expert

Friday, November 06, 2020

10:00 AM

A Revolution in Education: Harnessing the Group to Support the Individual

Jackie Bartell, MSEd, DIR-Expert and Gretchen Kamke, MS, OTR/L, DIR-Expert

1:00 PM

How do you do Floortime All the Time and Everywhere with Young Children? Floortime Strategies in Practice: A presentation for parents, caregivers and providers with videos illustrating specific Floortime strategies

Bridget Palmer MA, CCC-SLP, DIR-Expert

Saturday, November 07, 2020

9:00 AM

Prelinguistic Competence : A Process Critical for Language and Facilitated Through DIR

Mary Beth Stark, M.S.CCC-SLP, DIR-Expert

11:00 AM

Supporting Parents on Their Journey

Colette Ryan, MSEd, IMH-E, DIR-Expert

1:00 PM

Food for Thought: Preparing the Brain to Eat New Foods through “Messy” Play

ToniAnn Loftus, MS, CCC-SLP/TSSLD, DIR-Expert and Liza Bernabeo, MS, CCC-SLP/TSSLD, DIR-Expert

3:00 PM

The Impact of Sensory Integration and Processing on Development of Attachment

Virginia Spielmann, MSOT, ABD, DIR-Expert

Sunday, November 8, 2020

8:00PM

The Importance of My Affect

Gloria Andrade, PhD, DIR-Expert

Monday, November 09, 2020

10:00 AM

My biggest revelations from being a Floortime parent

Daria Brown, MA, DIR-Advanced

1:00 PM

The Aim Is Song: Poetry, Rhythm, and the Art of Communication

Donnie Welch, BFA and Raquel Quinones, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD

8:00 PM

The “R” in DIR: The Heart of Supporting Connection and Growth

Amanda Kriegel, PsyD and Morgan Weissman, MS, OTR/L

10:00 PM

Development with Dice: From Core Deficit to Critical Capacities

Virginia Spielmann, MSOT, ABD, DIR-Expert, Adam Johns, LMFT, and Adam Dvis, MA Ed

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

8:00 AM

Living with autism spectrum disorder:An autoethnography of Emile Gouws

Emile Gouws, Autistic Self-Advocate

1:00 PM

From a Parent's Side of the Table: Therapeutic Collaboration

L Michael Fields, MS, LPC, DIR-Expert and Joann Fleckenstein, MS, OTR/L, DIR-Proficient

8:00 PM

From a Parent's Side of the Table: Therapeutic Collaboration

L Michael Fields, MS, LPC, DIR-Expert and Joann Fleckenstein, MS, OTR/L, DIR-Proficient

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

1:00 PM

Prelinguistic Competence : A Process Critical for Language and Facilitated Through DIR

Mary Beth Stark, M.S.CCC-SLP, DIR-Expert

8:00 PM

How do you do Floortime All the Time and Everywhere with Young Children? Floortime Strategies in Practice: A presentation for parents, caregivers and providers with videos illustrating specific Floortime strategies

Bridget Palmer MA, CCC-SLP, DIR-Expert

Thursday, November 12, 2020

10:00 AM

Transdisciplinary Work with a DIR Framework: Opportunities and Challenges

Kathleen Platzman, PhD, DIR-Expert, Milagros Cordero,Ed.D., OTR/L, DIR-Expert, and Mary Beth Stark, M.S., CCC-SLP, DIR-Expert

7:00 PM

Transdisciplinary Work with a DIR framework: Opportunities and Challenges

Kathleen Platzman, PhD, DIR-Expert, Milagros Cordero,Ed.D., OTR/L, DIR-Expert, and Mary Beth Stark, M.S., CCC-SLP, DIR-Expert

9:00 PM

Neurophysiology behind the "I" (Individual Differences)

Andrea Muffly, OTR/L, DIR-Basic

Friday, November 13, 2020 - Sunday November 15, 2020

Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) GALA

ICDL is once again a sponsor of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network Gala. We respectfully ask everyone that has registered for the ICDL conference to attend the ASAN Gala events. ICDL supports ASAN and embraces their motto of "Nothing about us without us."

Please click here to register for the ASAN Gala today!

Monday, November 16, 2020

10:00 AM

Being sensitive to the developmental challenges and the integrative nature of relationship

Kemal Colay, M.sc. SLP, PT, DIR-Expert

1:00 PM

The Impact of Motor Planning Challenges on Social Emotional Development

Lyn Bennett, OTR/L, DIR-Expert

7:00 PM

Reconceptualizing Training as Professional Formation in the Fields of Autism and Infant Mental Health

Gerard Costa, PsyD, DIR-Expert

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

10:00 AM

Problem-solving, Praxis, and Pretend Play - The 3 P's to a Constructive Social Thinker

Maude LeRoux, OTR/L, SIPT, DIR-Expert

8:00 PM

Problem-solving, Praxis, and Pretend Play - The 3 P's to a Constructive Social Thinker

Maude LeRoux, OTR/L, SIPT, DIR-Expert

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

8:00 AM

Caring for the Vulnerable Towards Achieving a Full Potential: A case study of an integrated and holistic approach of an extremely low birth weight boy with feeding problems

Kingkaew Pajareya, MD, DIR-Expert

8:00 PM

A Revolution in Education: Harnessing the Group to Support the Individual

Jackie Bartell, MSEd, DIR-Expert and Gretchen Kamke, MS, OTR/L, DIR-Expert

Thursday, November 19, 2020

11:00 AM

Our Story: Building a Floortime Center from Scratch

Anzhela Zaiets, Clinical Psychologist, DIR-Expert

1:00 PM

Meaning Making

Colette Ryan, MSEd, IMH-E, DIR-Expert

8:00 PM

Good Autism Education is just Good Education

Gil Tippy, PsyD, DIR-Expert

Friday, November 20, 2020

10:00 AM

Using a DIR framework for program design: a lesson from the world of art in twice exceptional adults

Kathleen Platzman, PhD, DIR-Expert and Christine Clark, PhD

1:00PM

The Importance of My Affect

Gloria Andrade, PhD, DIR-Expert

Saturday, November 21, 2020

9:00 AM

What's in a Box and the Advantage of Loose Parts: Various inexpensive play-materials for climbing the developmental FEDC-ladder

Sibylle Janert, Psychologist, DIR-Expert

11:00 AM

Being Sensitive to the Developmental Challenges and the Integrative Nature of Relationship

Kemal Colay, M.sc. SLP, PT, DIR-Expert

Monday, November 23, 2020

11:00 AM

Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder:An Autoethnography of Emile Gouws

Emile Gouws, Autistic Self-Advocate

1:00PM

What's in a Box and the Advantage of Loose Parts: Various inexpensive play-materials for climbing the developmental FEDC-ladder

Sibylle Janert, Psychologist, DIR-Expert

8:00 PM

The Aim Is Song: Poetry, Rhythm, and the Art of Communication

Donnie Welch, BFA and Raquel Quinones, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

1:00 PM

Food for Thought: Preparing the Brain to Eat New Foods through “Messy” Play

ToniAnn Loftus, MS, CCC-SLP/TSSLD, DIR-Expert and Liza Bernabeo, MS, CCC-SLP/TSSLD, DIR-Expert

8:00 PM

Caring for the Vulnerable Towards Achieving a Full Potential: A case study of an integrated and holistic approach of an extremely low birth weight boy with feeding problems

Kingkaew Pajareya, MD, DIR-Expert

Monday, November 30, 2020

1:00 PM

The “R” in DIR: The Heart of Supporting Connection and Growth

Amanda Kriegel, PsyD, DIR-Expert and Morgan Weissman, MS, OTR/L, DIR-Expert

6:00 PM

My biggest revelations from being a Floortime parent

Daria Brown, MA

8:00 PM - CLOSING SESSION

Call to Action: The DIR Community's Role and Responsibility to Create a Better World

Jeffrey Guenzel,MA, LPC, ICDL Executive Director,

Katya Sidor, MA, ICDL Deputy Director,

and the ICDL Board of Directors

Prices and Registration

These prices are for all sessions for the entire month!

$79 USD for Professionals and Paraprofessionals

$59 for Students

$49 for Parents and Self-Advocates

*ICDL reserves the right to make changes to the program and presentation dates and times. We reserve the right to cancel or add individual presentations if the need arises. We do not expect any changes, but with so many presentations spanning so many days, it is unlikely that there won't be any issues that arise.