Tag Archives: Margaret Mahler

Dr. Tippy talks about Separation, Individuation and Rapproachment

27 Nov

Here is about three minutes of video from a recent case conference I ran at the Rebecca School. The staff of the school working with a particular child stands up in front of the rest of the school, and the child’s parents, and presents the program they have created for the child, and defends why they have created that particular program. Then, the rest of the staff offers suggestions and asks questions of the staff working with the kids, and I also ask questions and comment on the program. This case conference is really based on a Clinical Grand Rounds model, and you really have to have thick skin, and be very confident of your program to present in front of 120 highly trained and talented DIR/Floortime practitioners.

This piece is a little snippet where I stood up and pointed out a little, but critical difference between what the classroom teacher had said, and how she was acting. I should point out, that this teacher is entirely brilliant, as is her entire team, and my comments were intended as a teaching moment where I can emphasize the difference between behavioral interventions and relationship based, developmental therapies.

At the Rebecca School we don’t focus on controlling contingencies, providing prompts and making choices easier for children. We are focused on helping kids to rise developmentally. We are a thinking based curriculum, and I wanted to make it clear that it is always easy to prompt someone, but we have the more difficult developmental goal always at the heart of our work.

Child Development is Real Science

9 Nov


DIR/Floortime is Science, and we have trouble showing lawmakers that, because when they get shown charts, even if those charts are nonsensical, they believe they are “Evidence.” This part of a recent talk sets out to show that child development is science, and the Real Evidence Based Intervention in the field of Autism.

Dr. Tippy on Empowering Parents in Autism Interventions

1 Nov

I got a chance to talk to a group of parents the other day at the ICDL conference where the subject was the developmentally appropriate intervention of DIR/Floortime. What a great group of folks came to my presentation! I was talking about how we could help to make developmental, relationship-based, sensory appropriate interventions the norm in Autism intervention, and during that talk, I spoke about parent empowerment. This clip is from that section of my presentation.

I also told the folks in the room that I would give them a form on this blog where they could get in touch, and get the slides from the talk. That form is below.

If you want to see the beginning of the revolution, you can go to RespectingAutism.org, and see what we are planning to do to change the way the world relates to all kids and young adults!

Where Did The Autism Epidemic Come From, At the Invitation of New York area Waldorf Educators

31 Aug

What a great day yesterday! I was asked to speak in front of a group of 150 Waldorf Educators at the Waldorf School of Garden City, and it was one of those life changing experiences for me. They were all so talented, and thoughtful in their interactions with children, and their insights absolutely blew me away. For instance, I shared with them a circle we, at the Rebecca School, had created for our kids, and then their movement people showed me how to make it much better. What had taken us 6 months of blood, sweat and tears to create, they immediately understood, and then improvisationally, on the spot, made delightful improvements.

It made me realize even more clearly, that there are very many people, across disciplines, across populations, who use respectful, developmentally appropriate, thinking based supports for the children and adults they serve. We need to unite, and make our voices heard! The people we serve deserve nothing less.

The clip above is a little bit of me talking about the full-cup theory, and how it leads to a developmental stall.

If you were are a Waldorf Educator, whether you were there in Garden City yesterday or not, and whether you school is accredited or not, you can fill out the form below and get the slides from my presentation, and the video of the Three Billy Goats Circle.

Improvisational Interactive Music Therapy and DIR Part 1

22 Nov

This is part one of the presentation we did at ICDL’s  annual conference at Montclair State University about how important interactive, improvisational music therapy is the treatment of Autism, and other challenges of relating and communicating.  Stacey Hensel, Kenji Takeda and Zach Kandler presented with me, and their work really shone.  We have gotten so many supportive and excited messages from the people who saw the presentation, and those who wish they had, and so I am posting it in excerpts here on my blog.  The previous blog post has a form you can fill out to get the powerpoint from the presentation, if you would like it, and ICDL intends to make the entire presentation available in late January or early February of 2013.  Until then, enjoy the post, and if you want to get a message when I post more, click on the “follow” button, and you will be notified as more gets posted.

Interactive, Improvisational Music Therapy at ICDL

16 Nov

If you were in the audience at Montclair State University today, you know how incredible Stacey Hensel, Kenji Takeda and Zach Kandler of the Rebecca School were, because you gave them a standing ovation for their presentation. We were all so proud, and I was honored to be a part, and to see all of you standing, and crying, made all the work worthwhile. We really wanted to represent our version of interactive, improvisational music therapy in the Interdisciplinary Council for Developmental Learning community. If you were not there, you really missed a special day. However, you are in luck!

Gil Tippy, Zach Kandler, Kenji Takeda and Stacey Hensel at ICDL annual conference 11/16/22

Over the next couple of weeks I will post pieces of the presentation we did today, and if you fill out the form below, I will send you the powerpoint from the presentation. ICDL also recorded the event, and I am sure you will be able to view the presentation through their online version of the conference. Check back here often, because as I get the clips edited, I will put them up. A great day for respectful, developmentally appropriate treatment for kids.

Why You Need to Pick One Good Boat to Row

9 Feb

The video in this post is the introduction to a presentation I did in the beginning of February at the Rebecca School. I wanted to help people to remember that our model, the DIR model, Floortime, the Greenspan Model, is a wonderfully flexible model, rooted in the best developmental science, and is very effective. I start by talking about Rembrandt, and a painting I love, Aristotle with a Bust of Homer. I talk about the fact that all Rembrandt used was linseed oil, pigment and a little solvent, to paint these luminous paintings. Then, I talk about an idea I first learned from Pema Chodron, the American Buddhist teacher, of picking one boat, and staying in it; of avoiding boat shopping. We, at Rebecca School, have chosen the simple, child and family friendly tenets of DIR/Floortime, as our simple tools, our boat, and we intend to stay in it. Finally, I talk a little about a great PBS Series, This Emotional Life, where they talk about the theoretical underpinnings of good, scientifically based, developmental interventions. Finally, we end up in my kitchen for a summing up. Enjoy the talk; there are a lot of other pretty cool posts coming in the next couple of weeks, so I will talk to you all soon.

Dr. Gil Tippy and Dr. Anni Bergman present, June 2010

10 Jun

This is Part 1 of a presentation I made with Dr. Anni Bergman at the Rebecca School in NYC in June 2010. Dr Bergman and I had spoken several times about the possibility of presenting a case from our two different perspectives, my DIR/Floortime perspective, via Dr. Stanley Greenspan, and her Separation and Individuation perspective, which she was instrumental in developing while she worked in New York with Margaret Mahler and her team. We were finally able to get a date, and we presented a child who Dr. Greenspan had consulted with us on, whose family had been part of a study done at our school on parental attachment styles, and on whom I had written as part of a book we wrote with Dr. Greenspan, Continue reading

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