Floortime or the D.I.R. (Developmental, Individual, Relationship-Based) Model is a technique that helps children learn language and social skills in a more related and logical way than traditional language therapy. Traditional language therapy typically encourages specific skills (vocabulary, grammar, etc.) that may leave a child with rote responses.
Parents are an integral part of the Floortime model. Parents are taught how to use Floortime techniques by a Floortime trained therapist. While following their child’s lead, parents help their child learn during daily activities and play.
For more information, or to find a Floortime therapist in your area, please visit The Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL).