On Saturday, January 21st, 2017, I will be speaking at a very cool conference in Atlanta, put on by ICDL and the Community School, entitled 2017 Annual DIR® in Education Conference . Not an inspiring name, but some inspiring speakers! I will be talking about DIR/Floortime models for post-21 education, particularly a not-for-profit model I developed in CA, and its application nationally. Dave Nelson, the Executive Director of the Community School in Decatur, GA, is organizing the event and speaking, as is Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP, who always teaches me a lot. I am particularly excited to have one of the great teachers from Rebecca School presenting, Petra Daitz, MS/ED, who will present her fantastic class, with lots of video. The conference promises to really make clear the school application of DIR/Floortime, and is in a beautiful space at The Atrium at the Cator Woolford Gardens at the Frazer Center in Atlanta. This is a great conference, focused on schools, in a beautiful, intimate setting. Seating is limited, but some seats are available! I hope to see you there.
Important update today! I was live before Dr. Temple Grandin at 8:15 Eastern time, but no live feed today at 11:30! Technical issues! But, I will put up the talk as soon as I get my hands on the recording.
Sorry for the flub!
I am in Louisville for a great conference, United States Autism and Asperger Association! Every year I learn so much, and this year I get to play an even bigger role than usual. I am talking about DIR and schools on Thursday: CORE ACADEMICS: All Classrooms Begin With a Focus On “Me”. I am really excited about getting a chance to speak on Friday with Dr. Lawrence Kaplan, Founder and CEO of USAAA, about post 21 programs for people with Autism, right before the Keynote by Dr. Temple Grandin. That little intro will be on a live stream starting at 8:15. Click on the link!
The really exciting thing for me is Friday at 11:30, I will be doing a talk about an exciting national initiative based on my California not-for-profit, the Lifelong Development Center, for the support and continued development of People with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The whole hour, starting at 11:30 am Eastern Time, will be live streamed! It is a really exciting model based entirely on appropriate, respectful, effective developmental support. We are bringing the great strength and talent of the Autistics and People with Autism to the support of the rest of the community. That’s right, the whole point of this project is People with Autism to the rescue. This is the start of something big!
I was at a national autism conference this week, and was reminded that DIR/Floortime is what parents want to do with their children, and that punishing, ignoring and rewarding with “skittles cut up so small it is amazing,” are not the things they wish to do. (And, the things they don’t want to do don’t work anyway!)
Gil Keynotes in NYC at the conference: Learning Through Relationships: Using DIR® Floortime™ to Promote Thinking and Development, April 15th, 2016 8:30 am- 4:00 pm. This is the premier DIR/Floortime Conference in NY, with practitioners actually involved with the creation of the DIR/Floortime in schools model. The best Clinical and Educational presentations, given by Active classroom staff: NOT only university academics out of touch with the classroom, which is what you get at most conferences. Lots of videos of real clinical treatment. Register for this great conference, and see the cutting edge of trans-disciplinary treatment in the developmental model! Click the link below to see the schedule and access the registration page. See you there!
I am so lucky to be presenting at the United States Autism and Asperger Association National Conference in Tucson this week. I will, of course, be talking about Rebecca School and developmentally appropriate ways of supporting students and adults with neurodevelopmental challenges of relating and communicating. The great news is you can watch it live, free, by going to the USAAA live stream, here, at 11:00 am Pacific time, or 2:00 pm Eastern time. I am not sure about the status of the talk in a future archive, but if you want to see my current thinking about DIR/Floortime and education, you can see me live at a really terrific conference!
This is a clip from a panel I did on the website, “Kids in the House.” During the panel discussion, I got tossed a question about what intervention for Autism I would recommend. I don’t think they were prepared for how enthusiastically I would support DIR/Floortime and Stanley Greenspan. The other 2 panelists wanted to defend the ABA model. You can see the whole 30 minutes at the Kids in the House website through the link below. The part I posted actually gives you the whole idea, though.
If you come to see me at the Summer Autism Institute for the State of Vermont where I will be keynoting Friday, June 26th (http://www.uvm.edu/cnhs/autism_institute/) or Autism Society International Conference in Denver in July (http://www.uvm.edu/cnhs/autism_institute/) or at United States Autism and Aspergers Association in Tucson at the end of July (http://www.usautism.org/conferences/) you should probably know by know that I am going to talk about the parent supportive, respectful, effective DIR/Floortime and Rebecca School.