Foundations for the Future: Understanding Dvelopment: the DIR/Floortime Model

Thursday, February 2, 2012
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Adelphi University
Adelphi Alumni House
Garden City Campus

Directions to Campus

About the Program

Each child starts life with a unique constellation of how he or she takes in, comprehends and responds to the world, depending on the important relationships that nurture his/her development. Every child, whether on track, delayed, struggling with mental health and environmental challenges, or on the autism spectrum needs critical experiences that are tailored to his or her unique strengths and challenges that move development forward. Understanding each child's distinctive developmental profile is essential in order to provide optimal experiences that enable him or her to thrive. This program will examine the developmental profiles of different children and families using a dynamic model guided by the best theory, principles and practices available as we strive for the best possible outcomes, including the Developmental, Individual Difference, and Relationship-Based model known as DIR/Floortime. The "D" defines functional emotional capacities for joint attention, engagement, two way communication, problem solving, creating ideas and abstract thinking. The "I" describes sensory and motor processing and reactivity. The "R" emphasizes the critical role of parent and caregiver relationships and interactions, which build on the child's natural emotions and interests to climb the developmental ladder to reach higher levels of social, emotional, and intellectual capacity. Through lecture, discussion and the use of video, clinicians and parents will learn skills related to using affect to engage each child's natural interests and inclinations, assessing emotional development through the symbols children use in play, examining developmental anxieties and factors "hidden from sight", and learn the principles of development essential for education and parenting.

About the Instructor

Serena Wieder, Ph.D. a clinical psychologist who has pioneered the foremost approaches to diagnosing and treating infants and toddlers with infant mental health disorders and developmental challenges. Dr. Wieder has published extensively including Engaging Autism,  The Child with Special Needs, and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, co-authored with Stanley Greenspan. They also chaired the ICDL Diagnostic Manual for Infants and Young Children and the first Zero to Three Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy. She has lectured extensively on the DIR Model, Autism, emotional and symbolic development, putting development back into education, and assessment and treatment approaches. Dr. Wieder recently moved back to New York City where she continues her practice, provides consultation to clinical and educational settings, and lectures extensively both nationally and internationally. She has just completed a new book with Dr. Harry Wachs called Hidden in Plain Sight: Visual Spatial Challenges in Autism and Learning Difficulties. She also serves on the Board of Zero to Three.

Program Fees

Early Registration, before January 6, 2012. $105.00
Regular registration, January 6, 2012 or later. $115.00
Full-time faculty member at Adelphi University. $85.00
Registered full-time student at Adelphi University. $55.00


Who Should Attend

Early Childhood Educators, Child Care Providers, Pediatricians, Psychiatrists, Neonatologists, Social Workers, Nurses, Physician Assistants , Nurse Practitioners, Midwives, Speech Pathologists,  Psychologists, Obstetricians, Family Therapists, School Counselors, Child Life Specialists, Educators, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Students and Others who professionally impact the lives of  adults, families and children.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Marcy Safyer
Director Institute for Parenting
p - 516.877.3060
e - theinstituteforparenting@adelphi.edu

Scholarship funding to participate in this training may be available through the Educational Incentive Program (EIP). For more information visit tsg.suny.edu. You may also contact EIP at eip@tsg.suny.edu or 800.295.9616.

Credentialing Information and Continuing Education

  • Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Education
  • ASHA
  • Psychology     
  • NBCC
  • OCFS (Office of Children and Family Services)

This program has been submitted for approval for a total of 6 continuing education/training/contact hours or .6 ASHA Credits

Social work CEU’s are given through the New York State Chapter of the NASW.

CASAC training hours: Program information has been submitted for approval to the New York State Office of Addiction and Substance Abuse Services Education and Training for credits toward recredentialing.
Education Hours/credits: May be received at the discretion of your school. We are happy to provide any information you may need to help towards your approval.

NBCCNBCC Credits/Hours:
Adelphi University Institute for Parenting is an approved provider of the National Board for Certified Counselors- Approved Education Providers (NBCC-ACEP).


Continuing Education Certificates:  Certificate of Attendance will be issued at the end of the conference.

Psychology CE credits:  Adelphi University is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education credits for psychologists through the Adelphi University School of Social Work.  Adelphi University maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Attendance to the entire conference is required. No partial credit is given. To apply for CE credits, contact the Institute for Parenting at 516.237.8513.

Nursing Contact Hours: Adelphi University School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing education by the New York State Nurses Association, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on accreditation.

Confirmations: No confirmations will be issued due to the high volume of registrations.

Cancellation Policy: No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the event or for no-shows. Cancellations more than seven working days before a workshop will result in a refund less a $15.00 cancellation fee.  Requests for refunds must be received in writing.

Disclaimer: The University reserves the right to cancel this or any program due to insufficient enrollment. Registrants will be notified and full refunds will be issued.


Should you require disability accommodations, please email the Office of Disability Support Services at dss@adelphi.edu, giving notice of 72 hours before the event. Should you require ASL interpreting, 7 days notice is required.

For additional information about this program, please contact:

Marcy Safyer, LCSW-R
Linen Hall, Room 11
p - 516.877.3060
e - msafyer@adelphi.edu

The Institute for Parenting
Adelphi University
1 South Avenue
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701

f - 516.237.8512

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