Featured on HBO Vice this Friday

3 Aug

This Friday’s episode of Vice on HBO features the staff and students, and maybe some parents, of the Rebecca School.  The correspondent GiannaToboni, spent the day with us about 6 months ago, and she was really great. We have no control over how they decided to cut the material they shot, but we are very proud of our staff, our kids and our families. The promo above shows that they understood our model of respectful, developmental support, so I am optimistic, and looking forward to seeing it this Friday night!

Nice to be on this list!

28 Jun



My friends at Affect Autism just put together a list of books they like for parents of kids on the autism spectrum. What an honor for my book with Dr. Greenspan,

Respecting Autism! I am particularly honored to be standing next to some of Dr. Greenspan’s other books, and happy to be a part of a movement toward respectful, effective, developmental support for people with autism, and autistics alike! Thank you, Affect Autism, for the honor, and thank you for all the advocacy work you do every day!


Gil Talks about the Remarkable “Extremely Inconvenient Child”

21 Mar

This quick clip is from a training at the Rebecca School on 3/17/17. I brought up the subject of children who challenge us at the school, a concept I have come to call “The Extremely Inconvenient Child.” I do Not mean anything bad about the child, I am making the point that they challenge our way of doing things, point out our flaws, and show us where we need to improve.

Atlantic DIR/Floortime School Conference

8 Jan

Petra Daitz, MS/ED far left, and Gil Tippy, PsyD second from the left

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.

2017 Annual DIR® in Education Conference
Frazer Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Saturday, January 21, 2017
9:00AM – 4:00PM

19 Aug

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!



Gil Speaking at USAAA

17 Aug


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!

Parents are Natural Floortimers

19 Jul

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!)

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