2020 NYC DIR® Conference


The Heart of Learning:

Using Relationships to Create Safe Learning Environments

Morning & Keynote Address

8:00 – 8:45: Registration

8:45 – 9:00: Opening Comments

9:00 – 11:00: Keynote Speaker: Stephen Porges

11:15 – 12:30: Breakout A

1. Jaime Marrus, Ph.D. & Jennifer Andersen, Psy.D.: Safety Through Relationships: Applying DIRFloortime® methodology in clinical practice to promote improved functioning at home and in the classroom

2. ToniAnn Gambella Loftus, MS. CCC-SLP/TSSLD, Courtney Latter, MS, CCC, SLPTSSLD, Rachel Hammer, MS, CCC-SLP/TSSLD, Ashley Eisenstadt, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Victoria Simmons, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD: A Little Help From My Friends: Promoting Communicative Development Within Group Sessions Through Peer Interactions

3. Tracy Lin, PT Cert.MDT, CYT-200 Sarah Berkowitz, PT DPT: Beyond the Poses: How Yoga Benefits EveryBODY

4. Emily Bottomley, MA, Mandy Hamilton M. Ed, Kim Morales M.S Ed: Were All in This Together: Fostering Community and Peer Relationships in a DIR/Floortime Special Education Classroom

5. Sandra Van Nest, DSW, LCSW: Sensory Processing and Perception: A Bridge to Connection and Meaning Making

12:30 – 1:30: Lunch

1:30 – 2:45: Breakout B

1. Christopher Hernandez BA, Michael Fields MS, LPC: When We Game Together, We Stay Together

2. Josh Noble LCSW, Lauren-Tobing Puente PhD: Passions Pursued: How Neuro-diverse Adults Use their Interests to Promote Independence and Success

3. Sara Morgan LPC, Sarah Champ MS: Developmental Approaches: Uncomfortable, Taboo, and Awkward Situations

4. Rebecca Connick MOT, LOTR: The Importance of Engagement and Connection for the Child with Feeding Difficulties

5. Liza Bernabeo MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Ashley Lyons MA, CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Kacie Mc-Goldrick MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Raquel Quiñones, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD (Author not Presenting), Jennifer Shonkoff CCC-SLP, TSSLD: Teaching Emotions: When a Picture is Not Worth a Thousand Words


3:00 – 3:30 Sam Wilkinson: Relationships. Sam is a former student of the Rebecca School and will share how relationships have helped fuel his development. His personal account will be a moving and meaningful end to the day. It is critical that professionals hear the firsthand account from students and Sam will offer that perspective for participants.

3:30 – 4:00: Closing Comments