The ICDL 2023 International DIR® Conference

Conference Presenters & Schedule

Mickey Rowe


Fearlessly Different: Our Differences Are Our Strengths 

In this engaging keynote, Rowe shares his deeply personal story of growing up autistic and pushing beyond the restrictions of a special education classroom to shine on the Broadway stage. As an autistic and legally blind person, it was always made clear to Mickey the many things he was apparently incapable of doing. But Mickey did them all anyway—and he succeeded because of, not in spite of, his differences.

Rowe shows all of us that whether disabled or not, the things that make you different, or that you might even perceive as your weaknesses, actually make you unique and valuable and might even be your biggest strengths. Ensuring that everyone we come in contact with feels, seen, heard, understood, and valued. And that sometimes just one small action can change a life.  (Check out his video on the bottom of this page to learn more.)  

Presenter Spotlights

Movement and DIRFloortime®: Harnessing the Power of Movement to Promote Development and Growth for Everyone 

DIR®: Shifting the Compliance Mindset in Egypt 

Born to Play: 5 Practical Lessons from Play Science About Autism and Human Development 

Beyond Bubbles and Balloons: How To Communicate About Your Work to Foster Buy-In, Alignment, and the Support of Parents, Other Professionals, and Funding Sources 

South Africa

Finding My Voice from Three Different Perspectives: Autistic Adult, Specialist Educator and PhD Student


 The Practice of DIR in 2023: Practice Developments, Advancements, and Innovations 

The Intersection of Mindfulness and Sensory Processing: Fostering Connection Through Sensory Awareness 

The Practice of DIR in 2023: Practice Developments, Advancements, and Innovations 

The Practice of DIR in 2023: Practice Developments, Advancements, and Innovations 

Exploring the Power of Play and its Effects on Regulation 

DIRFloortime: The Bridge to Meeting the Complex Needs of African American Communities 

24-month follow-up of DIR/Floortime Model intervention in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 

Parents As Play Coaches Of Children With Asd: A Dir/Floortime Frame Of Reference 

"You Want Me to do What?" Supporting Parents in Play in the First Six Capacities 

Sam Stabile, MSEd, DIR-E, Michelle Flax, MSEd., DIR-E, Mandy Dye, MEd, DIR-A, & Kim Giardino, MSEd, DIR-B


Learning through Relationships: Using DIRFloortime® to Support Friendships Across Developmental Capacities at the Rebecca School 

Decision-making in using DIR Floortime®: An Experience in A Thai Rehabilitation Clinic 

Arielle Jackson, DPT, DIR-P


Tapping in: Using passions to provide access to meaningful activities and promote one's sense of self within a larger community 

What Comes First, DIR or Curriculum in the Classroom? 

Stick to the Script: Understanding and Engaging Gestalt Language Processors 

And more and more and more...

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2023 International DIR Conference Schedule.pdf