The DIR® Institute at Livingston


5 Regent Street

Suite 508

Livingston, NJ 07039


DIR Floortime "Intensive"

One to Four Week-Long Intensive Floortime Programs at the ICDL DIR® Institute at Livingston, located in Livingston, NJ, USA. Parents and children attend the intensive Floortime programs together. These intensive programs are designed to "jump start" a home-based program and to address specific needs the children are facing. The services can include:

  • Floortime Therapy

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Speech Therapy

  • Psychotherapy

  • Play Therapy

  • Autism Focused Therapy

  • Family Support

  • Sensory Integration Therapy

  • Aquatics-based Floortime

  • Academic and Learning Support

To learn more about scheduling a Floortime Intensive program at our International DIR® Institute in Livingston, NJ, please email us at or schedule a free parent consultation.

Coming Back from a COVID Quarantine Existence

The DIR Institute at Livingston will be reopening on June 14, 2021. Space is available for the summer and we have reduced the weekly price to $2,700 (prices vary and can be higher for additional or specialized services). If you are interested in booking a week for you and your child, please email

What is a dir® Intensive?

The DIR® Institute Intensive Floortime Program provides a comprehensive, in-depth approach that includes about 25 hours of Floortime therapy and parent education a week. We provide functional emotional development assessments, sensory profile summaries, family support sessions, parent Floortime coaching utilizing hands-on and video review formats, family Floortime sessions, direct 1-on-1 Floortime sessions with the child, as well as a variety of program options like Floortime in the pool, DIR-informed feeding, sibling sessions, DIR at the playground, social skills development, and more.

Prior to starting an intensive we have a family team meeting with our team and the family to discuss goals, family and child strengths and needs, next steps, customized program elements, etc.

We are currently taking reservations for Floortime Intensive Programs. You can reserve a spot by contacting us directly at with your preferred date. If you'd like to discuss potentially programming we would love to schedule a brief Zoom meeting with you.

Families traveling to New Jersey have used the Intensive time as a fun family vacation - visiting NYC, the local zoo, etc. We also have a room discount with our local hotel that is within walking distance to our center.

What Age Children Can Benefit?

While DIRFloortime is most know 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.

A Mom's Review

My family spent a month away from home, specifically so my two boys (and mom and dad) could have intensive services at ICDL, in Livingston, NJ.

From Monday through Friday, for four weeks, we participated in intensive services: Occupational Therapy (OT) to address motor planning and sensory integration; feeding therapy; floortime (both boys had this individually, small group, and regular family floortime sessions); counseling for the boys, (accomplished through play/floortime); and counseling for mom and dad (individually and couple). We regularly met with the team for coaching, debriefing, and general guidance.

A written review can't begin to explain the profound changes that occurred (and continue) within my children, within myself (mom), dad, and our family. My words fail to adequately convey the leaps and bounds my boys have grown, developmentally, emotionally, socially, etc. The sense of self-worth and joy they have gained is indescribable.

We (parents) were given the tools and support to continue floortime (it's a way of life and parenting-it's a way of relating in general) at home and thus continue the progress. Ive been able to have video-based coaching (I submit videos of play and we sort everything out or maybe just need support/guidance in some area). Also, they offer so many online training/support options that help parents strengthen their floortime families.

Our time at ICDL was life-changing, for my whole family, and especially my boys, who are thriving. I am forever grateful to Courtney, Jeff, Colette, and Stephanie. I sincerely love them and dearly miss them.

Amanda D.

Who do we serve?

We serve children, teens, and young adults and/or their parents and caregivers. Most of the children are diagnosed with autism or have other developmental challenges, but the services are for all children whether considered neurotypical or neurodiverse. The Developmental, Individual-differences, and Relationship-based model (DIR®) is our guiding philosophy to all of the therapy provided at the ICDL Therapy Center. We believe every child has incredible potential and through an engaging and respectful process, we can help your child achieve success others may have told you is not possible.

What happens at an "Intensive"?

When you bring your child for an intensive Floortime program, our Interdisciplinary team will assess your child from a holistic perspective with a focus on your child’s sensory, motor, and emotional processing systems. From this comprehensive assessment, we develop an “Individual Profile” of your child. This individual profile will help you understand your child from the “inside-out’ so that you can tune into and navigate their emotional world and support their overall development. We help parents move from feeling as if you are constantly managing behaviors to a process where you will know you are promoting your child’s development in a very meaningful way, while having fun with your child.

ICDL at Livingston is...

The first DIR Floortime treatment and research institute of its kind that is staffed by top experts in the field from the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL). For nearly 30 years ICDL has been a leader in understanding child development and autism. We use the latest evidence-based techniques to address the core challenges of Autism and other developmental disorders.

Here at ICDL, we use an inside-out philosophy that effectively gets to the core functioning issues by using the power of relationships and human connections to promote engagement, communication, positive behaviors, thinking, and learning.

We provide comprehensive interdisciplinary assessments, specialized treatments, parent coaching, and parent support groups, because we believe in providing holistic family-centered care.

Floortime Coaching for Parents

The best way to learn how to implement Floortime with your child is through coaching. We provide parent coaching as part of the intensive program at the Livingston institute and/or to anyone anywhere in the world through our live online platform. The cost is reasonable and the process is very effective. Do you want to try it out? Sign up for a free 1-hour consultation and then send us a link to a video of you playing with your child(ren). We'll then provide some initial coaching right away in that first hour!

DIR is Evidence-Based

Click here to read a short summary of the recent research and guidance supporting DIR.

Our Philosophy

We believe every individual has the potential to grow and develop. We also understand the important role parents, caregivers, and families have in raising, supporting, and teaching a child with developmental difficulties. Through a DIRFloortime® approach, we help families gain insights into their child’s development and functioning. Through these insights, families then are empowered to take real action to help their child reach his or her fullest potential.

What Makes Floortime Work?

The D.I.R. Floortime approach is based on the fact that emotion and social-emotional experiences (relationships and interactions with others) are critical to the growth of the mind and brain. For many people with developmental challenges such as Autism, social-emotional experiences can be challenging. In Floortime, we get this emotional process going by first “following the child’s lead.” (Please note, this applies to adolescents, young adults, and even adults as well.) Following your child's lead means following his or her interests and strengths that are driven by their emotions.

  • What interests your child?

  • What makes your child feel happy, sad, frustrated, withdrawn, etc.?

  • What makes your child meltdown or tantrum?

  • What struggles does your child experience at home, in school, or out in the community?

Whatever it is, your child's interest is your clue. It is your window into what he or she is feeling and thinking. We can help you learn how to follow your child's lead to help them overcome what may be most difficult or may be holding them back.

Prices and Insurance Coverage

ICDL is a not-for-profit and we make the cost of our services as inexpensive as possible. We are currently taking NJ Family Care and OPWDD with New York State for both of our Intensive Floortime Program and DIR Home Program. If you are a member of either program, please contact us directly to help with your registration process. For families interested in either program who are located outside NJ or NY and have Self-Direction funds, please contact us directly for more information. In addition, ICDL is an in-network provider for a growing list of health insurance companies, however at this time most do not cover our intensive Floortime program. The standard price for a one-week intensive at our institute it $2,700 USD. This is an all-inclusive price for a multi-disciplinary team approach. Weekly prices can be slightly higher when additional services or hours are added and the weekly price reduces with longer 2 to 4 week long intensives. Please contact us for details on costs and insurance coverage.


We are taking many additional precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of our families and staff. We will only be having one family per week at the DIR® Institute. This reduces the possibility of spreading the virus. We also have intensive cleaning procedures, health screenings of all staff and clients each day, masks are mandatory for all that are able to wear them, we have hand sanitizing stations through our institute, and we utilize stringent hand washing protocols.

Our Leadership

Courtney St. Germain, MS, OTR/L, Program Coordinator and Expert DIRFloortime Training Leader

Courtney is an Occupational Therapist who graduated from Brenau University in 2012 with her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has worked with early intervention, preschool, and school aged children. Her career began when she accepted a position at an outpatient sensory clinic, which placed a large emphasis on motor development and a sensory integrative approach to practice for children with developmental delay, autism, and sensory integration disorder. Courtney utilizes a family-centered approach in order to ensure carryover and maximum knowledge of sensory integrative techniques, oral motor/feeding strategies, and graded activities that promote fine motor development and self-care skills. Her treatment strives to promote age appropriate function and engagement in activities of daily living, play, and social participation. Courtney is certified in DIR Floortime as an Expert Training Leader, Sensory Motor Assessment and Intervention, Therapeutic Listening: Listening with the Whole Body, Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders: SOS Approach to Feeding, and Handwriting Without Tears.

Dr. Gil Tippy, Clinical Psychologist and Chief Clinical Advisor. Dr. Gil Tippy is a world-leading expert in developmental approaches to intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). He has over 30 years of experience as a teacher and psychologist and is a founder of the renowned Rebecca School in New York City the founding Co-Head of School and Head of Clinical Services at the Shrub Oak International School. He is a co-author, with Dr. Stanley Greenspan, of “Respecting Autism,” which defines the highly successful use of developmental, individual difference, relationship-based principles of DIRFloortime. He has consulted with special education schools and programs in the U.S. and internationally, and regularly speaks at professional conferences on the subject.

Dr. Gerard Costa, Developmental Psychologist and Clinical Consultant. Dr. Gerard Costa is the founding director of the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health at Montclair State University. He is a DIRFloortime Expert and Training Leader. He trained directly under Dr. Stanley Greenspan and has been a faculty member at ICDL for many years. Dr. Costa is a recognized expert on autism and early childhood development. He has authored many publications and has trained professionals throughout the United States and in many countries around the world.

Jeffrey Guenzel, Professional Counselor and Executive Director of ICDL. Mr. Jeffrey Guenzel has been the CEO of ICDL since 2013. Before joining ICDL, Mr. Guenzel held key leadership positions in state government and served as an executive director of a very successful not-for-profit. Mr. Guenzel is a professional counselor that has dedicated his career to serving children and families.

In his most recent appointments prior to joining ICDL, Mr. Guenzel was the Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and previously served as the Director of the New Jersey Division of Child Behavioral Health. In these positions, he led many innovative initiatives including restructuring the service delivery system for children with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Prior to his appointments with the State of New Jersey, Mr. Guenzel was the inaugural Executive Director of a not-for-profit agency providing Wraparound care management services for children with complex behavioral health challenges. Under his leadership, the agency became one of the largest Wraparound agencies in the nation gaining him national recognition. As a result, Mr. Guenzel has presented at national conferences, provided technical assistance to developing Wraparound organizations, and has served as an advisor for the National Wraparound Initiative.

As a Professional Counselor, Mr. Guenzel has specialized in children and adolescents. He has worked as a clinician at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey as well as in private practice. Mr. Guenzel earned his B.A. degree in psychology and his M.A. degree in Counseling from Montclair State University. Mr. Guenzel provides ICDL and the DIR Institute with a valuable combination of clinical knowledge and skills coupled with a proven track record of successful leadership. Underpinning these skills is a life-long commitment to serving children and advancing positive interventions that make a difference in the lives of children and their families.

Free Virtual Floortime Consultations for Parents

ICDL offers individualized virtual (live online) Floortime consultations for parents. This is for parents that are new to Floortime or parents that know about Floortime but are interested in learning about developing a DIR® Home Program or the ICDL Intensive Floortime Therapy Program. 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 discuss 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).

ICDL at Livingston is located at 5 Regent Street, Suite 508, Livingston, NJ 07039