DIR® Home Program
An Autism and CHild Development Home 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 "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" 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" 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.
Integrating the D, I, and R
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 10 Elements of a DIR® Home Program
- Parent Coaching
- DIR Training Courses
- Structured and Semi-Structured Activities
- Child and Family Team
- Sibling and Peer Interactions
- 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.