2017 – DIR101

The Nuts and Bolts of DIR/Floortime Intervention


This workshop will be an overview of the DIR/Floortime® model of the late Dr. Stanley Greenspan. The participant will gain understanding of the theory behind the model, the different research studies behind the model, as well as a thorough understanding of the different developmental levels.

The influence of individual differences for each profile will be discussed as well as principles of working with families in this model. DIR/Floortime® is adaptive to any age of development, from early intervention through adolescence. Floortime® techniques will be show cased through case studies with open workshop discussion and participants will find these discussions to be at the intermediate to advanced clinical level. This workshop is approved through the ICDL (Interdisciplinary Council for Developmental and Learning Disorders) and will set the course for becoming certificated in this model through ICDL.


Maude Leroux, occupational therapist in Pennsylvania.

CHOOSE TO LEARN - Maude Leroux

Maude is an Occupational Therapist with several years of field and supervisory experience in a variety of therapy fields. She started her career in the field of psychiatric conditions and transitioned over the years to develop a multi-modal practice in pediatrics.

She started A Total Approach in 2002 and since then have become an international trainer in different areas of work. She has been appointed as one of the international training team leaders in the DIR / Floortime Certificate process, as well as Tomatis Sound Therapy and Interactive Metronome. Maude has completed the Master Class in Attachment Focused Psychotherapy and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy through Dr. Art Becker Weidman and has also completed the 5-day introduction course of Dr. Daniel Hughes. She also serves on the board of ATTACH for the next 3 years. She designs her own live courses with regards to emotional processing and executive functioning. Maude works with a team of occupational therapists, speech language pathologists and physical therapists in her practice.

She is well known for her experience and work with children who carry a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum, Attachment, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Dyslexia/ Learning Disabilities. Maude is a mentor to many therapists, including OT and DIR professionals internationally. She has presented at conferences in a variety of settings across the US and also internationally. She has co-authored the book, The Listening Journey, with Francoise Nicoloff, and her second book, Our Greatest Allies, is now available on Amazon.com. Her basic philosophy is that all children can learn, and that therapists are instrumental in finding out the “key” to each child. She enjoys empowering parents and therapists to do just that!


Day 1

8.30 to 9.30amHistory and Theories of Emotional Processing
9.30 to 10.30amThe DIR® Model, Research and Recent Breakthroughs
10.30 to 11.00amMorning Break
11.00 to 12.00pmLevel 1: Regulation
12.00 to 12.30pmLevel 2: Intimacy and Engagement
12.30 to 1.30pmLunch
1.30 to 2.15pmLevel 3: Two Way Communication
2.15 to 3.15pmLevel 4: Pretend Play
3.15 to 3.30pmAfternoon Break
3.30 to 4.30pmLevel 5: Symbolic Thinking

Day 2

8.30 to 9.30amLevel 6: Logical Thinking
9.30 to 10.30amIndividual Differences that could constrict each level
10.30 to 11.00amMorning Break
11.00 to 12.30pmRelational and Family Patterns
12.30 to 1.30pmLunch
1.30 to 3.15pmFloortime Strategies that really work!
3.15 to 3.30pmAfternoon Break
3.30 to 4.30pmNext steps in the DIR Training Process; Q and A


This conference is intended for occupational therapists, speech language therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, and social workers working with children experiencing developmental delay across different spectrums of diagnosis including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Attachment Disorder amongst others.