DIR 120: Choosing Play

Setting Up for Success Across the lifespan


Course Description

In this 6-week course, participants will review Season 1 of 'We chose play' and discuss each episode with its creator, Daria Brown, including review and Q & A, reflection and action steps to support your Floortime experience. Here’s your chance to view the new documentary series you’ve heard about but haven’t had a chance to watch yet!

'We chose play' is a series documenting one family’s Floortime journey from their child's birth through his autism diagnosis following a traumatic medical experience, discovering Floortime, putting together a DIR/Floortime-friendly team, and implementing DIR/Floortime for the next ten years. With each episode, you’ll glean insights, tips, and reflections–"what I learned and what I know now that I would tell myself back then, along the way." 

Season 1 (6 episodes):

Episode 1: In the beginning… The necessary step we had to take, after the diagnosis, to move forward.

Episode 2: What did we miss? How parents question themselves and why it’s so important to avoid blame.

Episode 3: How do we start? Understanding the most important thing you can do to help your child.

Episode 4: Let’s start Looking at your child’s individual profile to inform your play.

Episode 5: Let’s play! Examples of our early experiences doing Floortime.

Episode 6: Let’s reflect Reflecting on a Floortime video with a coach to highlight the process.

Prerequisite: None


Daria Brown has a Master's in Personality and Social Psychology, specializing in Individual Differences. She has worked in research, evaluation, and education for over 25 years at universities, not-for-profits, and the government. She created Affect Autism, a website, and podcast for parents and practitioners looking to implement DIR/Floortime. Daria also facilitates ICDL's weekly parent support drop-in as ICDL's Parent Advocate.

Learning Objectives

There will be no continuing education credits offered for this course.