2022 International DIRFloortime® Conference
DIRFloortime®: The Practice, the Applications, and the Innovations
October 21 - 30, 2022
Early Bird Registration Prices*
$79 USD for Professionals and Paraprofessionals ($129 USD Regular Price)
$39 USD for Students ($59 USD Regular Price)
$29 USD for Parents and Self-Advocates ($39 USD Regular Price)
*If you have a group of 10 or more, please email email@example.com for an additional discount depending on your group size. A $20 fee is required to obtain certificates of attendance and/or continuing education credits.
DIR® and Self-Reg
Dr. Stuart Shanker
Humor in DIRFloortime®
Dr. Cindy Puccio, Dr. Gil Tippy, and Dr. Karen Levine
Humor in DIRFloortime®: Theoretical and practical considerations of co-created, socially engaging humor within DIRFloortime sessions; potential benefits for children, parents, and providers, cautions, and clinical and research directions.
While clearly parents and therapists engage in humorous interactions with children in DIRFloortime sessions, there is little written, taught or studied about the evolution or impact(s) of socially shared humor in DIRFloortime. This presentation will review the scant research about the evolution of humor in children including children with ID/DD/ASD, and the even scanter research on humor in psychotherapy or play therapy. Drs. Puccio, Tippy, and Levine will describe several forms of socially shared humor, relationships between humor and the FEDCs, and posit multiple benefits for children, parents and providers, of thoughtful incorporation of humorous interactions into DIRFloortime. They will explore potential positive impacts on relationships, and positive roles around negative affects, and emotion regulation. They will discuss cautions including the need for awareness of cultural, family and individual differences in humor preference and acceptability. They will provide some concrete approaches to incorporating humor in DIRFloortime sessions. They will propose future directions for clinical and research work around humor in DIRFloortime. This is a "must see" presentation!
Developing Effective Skills in Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for Autistic People: Insights for self-advocates, professionals, and parents
Dr. Stephen Shore
Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment, Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism. Click here to read more.
The Unexpected Gift:
Autism, Music, and the Story of Following Our Son's Passion
Gwendolyn and Gene Harshaw
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 2 other autistic members. 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.