DIR® Home Program

An Autism and CHild Development Virtual Parent Coaching Program

What is a dir® Home Program?

A DIR (pronounced with each letter as D.I.R.) home program is focused on strategically promoting your child's development through joyful interactions and activities that help address the unique needs of your child(ren). A DIR program is a comprehensive approach that is implemented by the caregivers and natural supports in the child's life. Parents and caregivers know their children better than anyone else and these secured attached relationships are instrumental in helping children develop and overcome challenges.

The 10 Elements of a DIR® Home Program

    1. Floortime

    2. Parent Coaching

    3. DIR Training Courses

    4. Structured and Semi-Structured Activities

    5. Child and Family Team

    6. Diet

    7. Sleep

    8. Movement

    9. Sibling and Peer Interactions

    10. Family Support

How to Create a DIR® Home Program

It is actually fairly easy to set up and very cost-effective. Through a parent coaching process, our ICDL DIRFloortime® Therapy Center experts can help you develop your customized home program. We can help you coordinate with your local healthcare providers to ensure you are maximizing your available resources, services, and supports. It will take lots of work, but it will also be fun! You and your child will most likely discover a level of joy and engagement that you have never had before. A Floortime program can unlock the window of opportunity for growth and development. If you are interested in exploring this option more, please sign up for a free virtual consultation or sign up for a 12-week DIR® Home Program now.

What Age Children Can Benefit?

While DIRFloortime is most known for supporting the development of young children, it is not just for young kids. Children from birth through young adulthood are welcomed at the DIR Institute at Livingston. DIR is especially effective in addressing developmental challenges, such as autism, that begin in early childhood and often impact a person's life throughout their lifespan. We are also seeing positive impacts of DIR in helping a person recover when life events, such as traumas, brain injuries, dementia, or other conditions impact the core developmental capacities of the individual.

Integrating the D, I, and R of DIR

A comprehensive home program integrates the D, the I, and the R. This is the foundation of DIR. Bringing together these 3 key components in an integrated way that supports the development of the capacity to self-regulate, attend, engage, communicate, learn, and think/reason.

The "D"

The "D" in DIR stands for "Developmental". Understanding the "D" helps us understand where the child is at developmentally and where they need to go next.

The "I"

The "I" in DIR stands for "Individual -differences". This includes the unique ways each of us perceive and interact with the world. Understanding your child's individual differences can give you the information you need to tailor your program to meet their unique strengths and support their particular challenges. Individual differences can include differences in sensory processing, emotional regulation, motor planning, auditory processing, visual perception, health and diet related issues, and any other way your child perceives and interacts with the world in their own unique way.

The "R"

The "R" of DIR stands for "Relationship-based". Development happens in the context of relationship with others. The secured attached relationships a child has with parents and caregivers is very powerful. Our goal is to empower these relationships to strategically fuel your child(ren)'s development.

Free Virtual Floortime Consultations for Parents

ICDL offers individualized virtual (live online) Floortime consultations for parents. This is for parents who are new to Floortime or parents who know about Floortime but are interested in learning about the DIR® Home Program or the Floortime Intensives at the International DIR® Institute. This is a unique opportunity to individually meet with a Floortime expert to gain insights and explore implementing Floortime strategies with your child. We will happily review videos of you interacting with your child to help you gain insights into his or her functional emotional development and to explore the Floortime parent coaching process so you can see how parent coaching and a Floortime program can help. Click here to see available times and to schedule an appointment (This is limited to one consultation per family and space is limited and available on a first come first serve basis).


The DIR Home Program is a 12-week program payable with three monthly payments of $375 each.

This includes weekly live virtual Floortime coaching sessions with a Floortime expert.

ICDL is a not-for-profit and all of our services are offered at the lowest possible prices we can manage. If you are interested in any services and the prices we discuss with you are not feasible for you, please let us know. While we have to keep our organization financially viable, we are driven by our mission, not by making profits. We will work with any family in need to make our services as accessible as possible