DIR®/Floortime and the Developmental Language Model

Date: Friday, June 24, 2016 – Saturday, June 25, 2016

Course #: W723

Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Location: Erikson Institute

Cost: $300.00

Credit Available: 1 CEU; 10 SWCEUs; Approved by Illinois Early Intervention Training Program for 10 hours in the area of Intervention


The Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based (DIR®/Floortime™) Model is a framework that helps clinicians, parents, and educators conduct a comprehensive assessment and develop an intervention program tailored to the unique challenges and strengths of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental challenges. The objective of the DIR®/Floortime™ Model is to build healthy foundations for social, emotional, and intellectual capacities rather than focusing on skills and isolated behaviors.

The first day of this workshop explores the six stages of functional emotional capacities, the child’s individual differences, and the importance of the relationship. The second day will use video case studies to help participants experience Floortime strategies in action and demonstrate specific skills that will support the clinician and the parent in the development of a robust intervention program. The session will include presentations of case examples, information on coaching parents, and discussion with other professionals. Notions such as engagement, intentionality, shared forms and meanings, comprehension, production, discourse and pragmatic language concepts will be discussed.

Videotaped examples will illustrate how supporting the caregiver’s/clinician’s and child’s developmental language profile becomes the pathway for a child to be able to communicate.


Sherri Cawn, M.A., CCC-SLP

Cawn is clinical director of Cawn-Krantz and Associates Developmental Therapies of suburban Chicago, and has 40 years of clinical pediatric experience specializing in the assessment and treatment of infants, toddlers, and school-age children. She is a leading practitioner of the DIR/Floortime® model in speech and language development and trains other professionals throughout the US and overseas on the concepts of this model. Sherri is the author of the self study DVD/Manual on the Assessment and Intervention of DIR/Floortime produced by the American Speech and Hearing Association in 2011.Sherri is co-author of Language Disorders chapter in the Diagnostic Manual for Infancy and Early Childhood. Sherri is a senior faculty member of the DIR Summer Institute and on the advisory board of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders and the Erikson Institute of Infant Mental health. She received her graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Illinois.

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