DIR® in Schools

A 6-hour Course for School Personnel

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Course Description & Continuing Education Information

DIR 320: DIR in Schools is a six-hour live online course focused on creative ways to implement Floortime in the school setting. This course will be led by two of our DIRFloortime Experts from the Rebecca School in New York City. Now more than ever, the principles of DIR will be useful to teachers and school personnel to help children be able to learn. Learning can only happen if we support a child's functional emotional developmental capacities. The current stressors of COVID-19 are going to challenge this core foundation in a very unique way. This course will provide instruction on how to use DIR in a school setting to support successful teaching and learning.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to explain the essential roles of play, affect and creative thinking in the classroom and how this can be incorporated into the curriculum.

  2. Participants will be able to describe and give examples of how tailoring teaching and learning to different individual profiles, and supporting functional emotional capacities in students, enables learning.

  3. Participants will be able to use individual profiles to inform the conceptualize and implementation of meaningful curriculum for students.

  4. Participants will be able to conceptualize and describe a school and/or classroom that embraces the DIR framework.


Module One (Hours 1-2)

Introducing how DIRFloortime works in a school setting. This includes a review of how the first six FEDCs are fundamental to supporting a child's readiness to learn. Video case examples of Floortime in school will be used to illustrate the DIR in schools process.

Module Two (Hours 3-4)

This session will focus on integrating DIR into the school, classroom, curriculum, and overall culture of teaching and learning.

Module Three (Hours 5-6)

Supporting students' individual differences and responding to challenging situations through a DIR lens (including the current stress of the health crisis and the eventual return to school).

All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance documenting hours of participation in their course and available professional continuing education credits. Please note that continuing education credit is only provided for direct seat time. Course preparation including readings, lectures, and mentoring is not included in the CE hour or credit total.

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The course content is focused on a specific product or service (DIRFloortime®) and there will be no mention of other products or services. ICDL does not receive any commercial support for the DIRFloortime certificate courses. If any commercial support is provided for a conference or event, it will be disclosed on the promotional material or webpage for that specific event.

Continuing Education Questions? E-mail ceu@icdl.com.

Occupational Therapists

This course is offered for 0.6 AOTA CEUs

(Introductory level, Professional area)

Non-Credit Onsite Events: Continuing education credit is not offered for breakfast, luncheon, dinner functions or breaks; board and committee meetings, networking events.

Skills Level: This training is appropriate for occupational therapists of all skill levels.

To obtain AOTA CEUs from a course you have taken, please follow these steps:

1. As part of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)’s Approved Provider Program, ICDL is required to have a certain number of short online surveys completed for renewal as a continuing education provider. Please complete this one page survey about your continuing education experience here: http://www.aota.org/appsurvey.

2. Complete the course evaluation form that has been e-mailed to you from ICDL. This course evaluation is for ICDL and is used to help us improve our course offerings. We thank you for your time.


ICDL has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6733. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. ICDL is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This course is available for NBCC continuing education credits. The number of CEUs for NBCC are based on the number of "seat" hours for the course. This course has six (6) seat hours of instruction.

Social Workers


Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0371.

Art Therapists

According to the ATR-BC Recertification Standards, ICDL training programs that are approved by one of the other national continuing education boards listed on this page, may be eligible for Art Therapy continuing education credit. These standards state, "CECs will be accepted for all courses or events that fit in the ATCB Eligible Content Areas and that are presented or approved by any of the following art therapy, mental health, or behavioral sciences entities: state licensing authority, national professional organization, or national credentialing body for continuing education credit." It is the responsibility of each participant to determine if an ICDL program qualifies or not. ICDL is not an approved ATR-BC continuing education provider and as such can not award ATR-BC continuing education credits directly. However, we are approved by organizations like NBCC which may meet the above quoted standard.