Giant Steps Interdisciplinary Autism Centre
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1w ago
Photo credit: Giant Steps Autism Centre What is DIR? What is Floortime? DIR Glossary This Week’s Podcast I’m speaking with Marla Cable, the Assistant Director of the Resource and Training Centre at Giant Steps Interdisciplinary Autism Centre in Montreal, Quebec, which houses the developmental approach, individualized private school in the public interest with both English and French instruction, serving students aged 4 to 21 with an autism diagnosis. We heard about the school just over a year ago, but they have now moved into their new facility and Marla is here to tell us about the n ..read more
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Reflective Practice in DIR
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by Affect Autism: We chose play, joy every day
3w ago
Photo by Christina Morillo What is DIR? What is Floortime? DIR Glossary This Week’s Podcast Andrew Klein is a DIR Expert and Training Leader and a pediatric Occupational Therapist at Emerge Pediatric Therapy in Durham, North Carolina where he has a specialized role in facilitating reflective supervision with his colleagues. He is also a certified trauma professional through PESI. He started his career at the Rebecca School in Manhattan where his Floortime journey began and he is the father or two active young girls. The topic for today is Reflective Practice in DIR. I’ll refer listene ..read more
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DIR and Medically Complex Children: Trauma-Informed Care
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by Affect Autism: We chose play, joy every day
1M ago
Photo by Nicola Barts What is DIR? What is Floortime? DIR Glossary This Week’s Podcast This week’s podcast features DIR Expert Erin Forward, a speech-language pathologist and certified lactation counselor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She is a part of their interdisciplinary feeding team and their outpatient setting. Erin has advanced training in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, early language, AAC, and trauma–specifically for medically complex children, is an Advanced DIR®Floortime Provider, and a TBRI® Trained Practitioner (Trust-Based Relational Intervention). She i ..read more
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Advocating for rightful inclusion in school
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by Affect Autism: We chose play, joy every day
1M ago
Photo above: The Kredich boys performing at school. What is DIR? What is Floortime? DIR Glossary This Week’s Podcast This week’s podcast features Kim Kredich who has served as a volunteer advocate for hundreds and hundreds of students with disabilities in East Tennessee, working with families to help their children gain rightful, supported inclusion in the general education environment in public schools through the IEP process. She has worked closely with attorneys in Tennessee to promote systemic change and awareness of the rights of people with disabilities. Kim is ..read more
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Affect and Regulation in Middle Eastern Culture
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by Affect Autism: We chose play, joy every day
2M ago
What is DIR? What is Floortime? DIR Glossary This Week’s Podcast This week’s podcast features DIR Expert Nagwa Khedr, who is an early intervention specialist in Cairo, Egypt. She’s been practicing DIR/Floortime since 2014 and was involved recently in opening a DIR/Floortime Center there called Etwasel, which means ‘Connect‘ in English. We met in person last year at the in-person DIR International Conference in New York City and have been planning to do a podcast ever since. Our topic is affect and regulation in the Middle Eastern culture as part of the ‘I’ in the DIR Model, Individual d ..read more
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If I Need Help
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by Affect Autism: We chose play, joy every day
3M ago
If I Need Help by Affect Autism https://affectautism.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/2024-03-29.mp3 This Week’s Guest For this podcast, I step outside of the DIR/Floortime world to showcase If I Need Help, a non profit that reunites those who might become lost, disoriented, or need assistance in a critical moment with their families, loved ones, and caregivers using modern technologies in practical, accessible, and affordable ways–so providing assistance for our loved ones with communication differences. I have purchased their products since 2016 and I welcome Bruce Wilson today to tell us ..read more
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Presuming Competence
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by Affect Autism: We chose play, joy every day
3M ago
Photo credit: Kat Wilcox  What is DIR? What is Floortime? DIR Glossary This Week’s Podcast This week’s podcast features returning guests, Special Educator Jackie Bartell and Speech Language Pathologist Bridget Palmer who are both DIR Experts and coaches in ICDL’s DIR Home Program, and who both teach courses at ICDL. Amy McMunn is the mother of two young adult autistic sons and a Spelled Communication Practitioner. Today’s topic is presuming competence, one of the pillars of the DIR Model and DIR/Floortime. Presuming Competence by Affect Autism https://affectautism.com/wp ..read more
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A Developmental Perspective on Sharing
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by Affect Autism: We chose play, joy every day
3M ago
Photo credit: Vika Glitter  What is DIR? What is Floortime? DIR Glossary This Week’s Podcast This episode, returning guest, Occupational Therapist, Stephanie Peters, DIR Expert & Training Leader and Clinical Director with Kinder Growth discusses the developmental considerations around sharing. A Developmental Perspective on Sharing by Affect Autism https://affectautism.com/wp-content/uploads/2025/03/2024-03-01-Sharing.mp3  Bonus Insights DOWNLOAD KEY TAKEAWAYS Key Takeaways PDF for Members We will never share your e-mail. Download Success! A Closer Look ..read more
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Parent Perspectives: Navigating Our Different Support Roles
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by Affect Autism: We chose play, joy every day
5M ago
Photo credit: James Gana What is DIR? What is Floortime? DIR Glossary Parent Perspectives: Navigating Our Different Support Roles by Affect Autism https://affectautism.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/2024-02-02.mp3 Parent Perspectives On this edition of Parent Perspectives from Affect Autism, we have a discussion with a mother and grandmother of an autistic son and grandson about navigating her support roles. Parent Perspectives is an addition to the usual podcasts. This Week’s Guest This edition of Parent Perspectives features returning guest, Mi ..read more
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Parent Perspectives: Parent Self-Regulation
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by Affect Autism: We chose play, joy every day
5M ago
Photo credit: Ketut Subiyanto What is DIR? What is Floortime? DIR Glossary Parent Perspectives: Parent Self-Regulation by Affect Autism https://affectautism.com/wp-content/uploads/2026/01/2024-01-19-PP.mp3 Parent Perspectives On this edition of Parent Perspectives from Affect Autism, we have a parent discussion with an autistic parent of two autistic daughters about parent self-regulation with some great examples. Parent Perspectives is an addition to the usual podcasts. This Week’s Guest This edition of Parent Perspectives features Cass Griffin ..read more
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