2021 International Live Online DIRFloortime® Conference

November 1 - 30, 2021

Live Online!

Using DIRFloortimE® TO Promote Development from the Inside Out


Opening Keynote

Ethical Considerations in Autism Services

November 1, 2021

Julia Bascom

Executive Director, Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)

Julia Bascom serves as Executive Director at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. Previously, she did state-level work in her home state of New Hampshire, where she served on the DD council and co-led an inter-agency team to revitalize self-advocacy within the state. Julia edited Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking, an anthology of writings by autistic people, and currently serves on the advisory board of Felicity House, and the boards of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, the Institute for Exceptional Care, and Allies For Independence.

Julia will be speaking on the topic of Ethics in Autism Related Therapies and Services and about the ASAN/ICDL Ethics in Autism Related Therapies and Services Partnership. This will be a very appropriate way to begin our month of learning and growing together.

Conference Keynote

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

November 13, 2021

Alfie Kohn

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.

Click here to read the description of his keynote address.

Presentations Spotlight

Qualitative Analysis of Challenges Encountered by African American Parents of Children Diagnosed with Autism

Jarilyn Conner, PhD

Turrell Burgess

"Inside Out"

Playful Floortime Ideas through the Pixar Movie

Maude Le Roux