DIR® / Floortime™ approach

By: Catherine Downs Speech Pathology  18-Feb-2011
Keywords: Early Learning, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Spectrum Disorders

Catherine has completed the 3 day Introductory Training ("The Action is in the Interaction") on the DIR® / Floortime™ approach to intervention. This approach is based on The Developmental, Individual Difference & Relationship Based Model developed by Stanley Greenspan MD, Serena Wieder, PhD. In this approach, therapy focuses on each child's individual differences, development and ability to relate to their caregivers. For more information about this approach, refer to these websites:



Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Autism Therapy Randwick, Behaviour, Communication Difficulties, Dir/Floortime Model, Early Learning, Paediatric Speech Therapy, Spectrum Disorders,

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The 12 to 18 months before commencing school is the optimal time to target speech and language difficulties. Difficulties with speech sounds can affect a child's ability to understand letters and sounds for reading/ spelling. Difficulties with understanding or using language can also affect their progress at school and socially with their peers. Children with these concerns would benefit from the speech therapy with Catherine Downs in order to prepare them for learning to read and write.


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Catherine Downs is experienced in helping children and adolescents overcome complex communication and literacy difficulties.

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Catherine Downs specialises in helping children with complex communication needs.