2022 Conference Schedule

Friday, October 21, 2022

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM US ET

Developing Effective Skills in Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for Autistic People: Insights for self-advocates, professionals, and parents

Speaker: Dr. Stephen Shore, EdD


12:00 PM - 1:30 PM US ET

The Music of Human Interactions: Coaching parents in the use of music in DIRFloortime® to foster interpersonal connection

Speaker: John Carpente, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT and Daria Brown, MA, DIR-Advanced


2:00 PM - 3:30 PM US ET

Sh-h: The Conversation without Words: Exploring the essential precursors of communication that emerge between 0-12 months of age

Speaker: Sherri Cawn, MA, CCC-SLP

Offered Again on 10/25/2022

Saturday, October 22, 2022

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM US ET

Who's in the Box? Forging sibling interaction between a 10 year old autistic boy and his baby brother through play with a cardboard box

Speaker: Sibylle Janert, MA, Psychology, DIR-Expert, Author


10:00 AM - 11:30 AM US ET

DIR® and Self-Reg

Speaker: Dr. Stuart Shanker, D.Phil


12:00 PM - 1:30 PM US ET

Neurodiversity-Affirming Care: Revolutionizing the way we understand, assess, and support autistic people and their families

Speaker: Dr. Alex Klein, Psy.D.

Offered Again on 10/27/2022


2:00 PM - 3:30 PM US ET

Bridging the Gap: Using DIR® to foster COVID related social emotional gaps

Speaker: Coleen Vanderbeek, Psy.D., LPC, ASDCS

Offered Again on 10/27/2022

Sunday, October 23, 2022

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM US ET:

A Faith in Nonsense, Enhancing Playfulness in Floortime Practice

Speaker: Jackie Bartell, MSEd

Offered Again on 10/27/2022


7:00 PM - 8:30 PM US ET:

AAC for Complex Bodies: Strategies that support individual differences

Speaker: Jessica Schmidt, M.Ed., M.S., CCC-SLP, LCP

Offered Again on 10/25/2022

Monday, October 24, 2022

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM US ET:

Pulling Yourself Back Together Piece by Piece. War. The way we rediscover the power of the DIR approach when working with consequences of severe traumatic events.

Speakers: Anzhela Zaiets, Clinical Psychologist, Gestalt Therapist, DIR-Expert


10:00 AM - 11:30 AM US ET:

DIR® Across All Ages: It's not just for kids and it's not just for Autism

Speakers: Mike Fields, MS, LPC, Joann M.C. Fleckenstein, MS, OTR/L and Pamela K. Williams, MS, OTR/L

Offered Again on 10/25/2022


12:00 PM - 1:30 PM US ET:

A Developmental Based Approach to Psychotherapy: Helping children process grief and trauma using a DIRFloortime® lens

Speaker: Chana Frumet Yaroslawitz, Ph.D, LCSW

Offered Again on 10/26/2022


2:00 PM - 3:30 PM US ET:

Choosing Play: Applying a DIRFloortime® approach in your family

Speaker: Daria Brown, MA, DIR-Advanced


6:00 PM - 7:30 PM US ET:

Playing to Learn: The art and science of play as a key means for supporting child development

Speaker: Amanda Binns, SLP (CCC) Ph.D.

Offered Again on 10/29/2022


8:00 PM - 9:30 PM US ET:

Recognizing Communication as a Multifaceted Individual Difference

Speaker: Katie Shepherd, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Offered Again on 10/26/2022

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM US ET:

AAC for Complex Bodies: Strategies that support individual differences

Speaker: Jessica Schmidt, M.Ed., M.S., CCC-SLP, LCP


10:00 AM - 11:30 AM US ET:

Sh-h: The Conversation without Words: Exploring the essential precursors of communication that emerge between 0-12 months of age

Speaker: Sherri Cawn, MA, CCC-SLP


12:00 PM - 1:30 PM US ET:

Resisting Gravity

Speaker: Stephanie Peters, OTR/L


2:00 PM - 3:30 PM US ET:

Agency: What is it and how can DIRFloortime® support it

Speaker: Dawn Capelli, LICSW


7:00 PM - 8:30 PM US ET:

DIR® Across All Ages: It's not just for kids and it's not just for Autism

Speakers: Mike Fields, MS, LPC, Joann M.C. Fleckenstein, MS, OTR/L and Pamela K. Williams, MS, OTR/L


9:00 PM - 10:30 PM US ET:

DIRFloortime® with Parents and Young Children: Videos of parent partnership and going for the gleam in the eye

Speaker: Bridget Palmer, MS, CCC-SLP, DIRFloortime Expert Training Leader

Offered Again on 10/27/2022

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM US ET:

Recognizing Communication as a Multifaceted Individual Difference

Speaker: Katie Shepherd, M.Ed., CCC-SLP


10:00 AM - 11:30 AM US ET:

DIR® in Schools: The why, the how, the for whom

Speaker: Davina Soleyman, MA

Offered Again on 10/28/2022


12:00 PM - 1:30 PM US ET:

Bringing It Back to the Model: The original Floortime gameshow

Speaker: Stephanie Peters, OTR/L


2:00 PM - 3:30 PM US ET:

A Developmental Based Approach to Psychotherapy: Helping children process grief and trauma using a DIRFloortime® lens

Speaker: Chana Frumet Yaroslawitz, Ph.D, LCSW


6:00 PM - 7:30 PM US ET:

Planning, Sequencing and Building Empathy with Floortime

Speaker: Maude LeRoux, OTR/L

Offered Again on 10/28/2022


8:00 PM - 9:30 PM US ET:

A Conversation with Patricia Stacey, Author of "A Boy Who Loved Windows": Looking back and celebrating today

Speaker: Patricia Stacey and Jeffrey Guenzel, MA, LPC

Thursday, October 27, 2022

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM US ET:

Beyond Transitions: An exploration of the complexity of a transition using clinical reasoning and brain science to support us

Speaker: Helen Groth, MA Ed.


10:00 AM - 11:30 AM US ET:

The Pleasure to be in the Moment: DIRFloortime® music therapy with elderly with Dementia and Alzheimer

Speakers: Daniele Ferrarazzo, Music-therapist, Giulia Campatelli, Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, and Barbara Cravero, Developmental Psychologist, DIR Expert Training Leader


12:00 PM - 1:30 PM US ET:

A Faith in Nonsense, Enhancing Playfulness in Floortime Practice

Speaker: Jackie Bartell, MSEd


2:00 PM - 3:30 PM US ET:

DIRFloortime® with Parents and Young Children: Videos of parent partnership and going for the gleam in the eye

Speaker: Bridget Palmer, MS, CCC-SLP, DIRFloortime Expert Training Leader


6:00 PM - 7:30 PM US ET:

Bridging the Gap: Using DIR® to foster COVID related social emotional gaps

Speaker: Coleen Vanderbeek, Psy.D., LPC, ASDCS


8:00 PM - 9:30 PM US ET:

Neurodiversity-Affirming Care: Revolutionizing the way we understand, assess, and support autistic people and their families

Speaker: Dr. Alex Klein, Psy.D.

Friday, October 28, 2022

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM US ET:

How Drinking with a Crazy Straw Can Support our Floortime Work

Speaker: Nancy Ceulemans, Neurodevelopmental Educational Specialist


10:00 AM - 11:30 AM US ET:

Humor in DIRFloortime®

Speakers: Dr. Cindy Puccio, Ph.D., MA., LCSW, Dr. Gil Tippy, PsyD, and Dr. Karen Levine, Ph.D.


12:00 PM - 1:30 PM US ET:

Planning, Sequencing and Building Empathy with Floortime

Speaker: Maude LeRoux, OTR/L


2:00 PM - 3:30 PM US ET:

DIR® in Schools: The why, the how, the for whom

Speaker: Davina Soleyman, MA

Saturday, October 29, 2022

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM US ET:

A Story from the Floor

Speaker: Colette Ryan, MSEd-DIRC, IMH-E IFS


10:00 AM - 11:30 AM US ET:

Playing to Learn: The art and science of play as a key means for supporting child development

Speaker: Amanda Binns, SLP (CCC) Ph.D.


12:00 PM - 1:30 PM US ET:

The Unexpected Gift: Autism, music, and the story of following our son's passion

Speakers: Gwendolyn Harshaw and Gene Harshaw

SUnday, October 30, 2022

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM US ET:

ASAN Gala and Awards Dinner