John A. Carpente,

Course Description

The Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based (DIR) 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 objectives of the DIRFloortime Model are to build healthy foundations for social, emotional, and intellectual capacities rather than focusing solely on discrete skills and isolated behaviors.Child-led music therapy share many similarities with Floortime in which the task of the therapist is to provide musical experiences that foster a continuous flow of affective interactions to help the client develop and expand his/her ability to relate and communicate within a musical-social context.

This introductory course, specifically designed for music therapists, will introduce the theoretical framework, scientific evidence, and scope of application of the DIRFloortime® model and discuss how this model is framed and applied within a music therapy framework. Completion of the course satisfies the DIR 101 course required for the DIRFloortime® certification through the Interdisciplinary Council for Development and Learning (ICDL).

February 17-18, 2018

University of Dayton
Department of Music
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469

15 CMTE Credits



Learning Objectives

  • Explain the theory behind the DIR Floortime® model and its application to music therapy
  • Identify the concepts “D”, “I”, “R” & Floortime within a music therapy context
  • Identify the 6 Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities (FEDCs) in the DIR® model and how it applies to music therapy

Day 1

  • 8:30-9:00 Registration
  • 9:00-10:30 Lecture (Overview of ASD and DIR)
  • 10:30-10:45 Break
  • 10:45-12:15 Lecture (Define the “D” and Functional Emotional Developmental Levels 1-3)
  • 12:15-1:30pm Lunch (provided)
  • 1:30-3:00 Lecture (FEDLs 4-6)
  • 3:00-3:15 Break
  • 3:15-5:00 Lecture (Define the “I” and “R” of DIR model, Integrating the “D”, “I”, & “R”)

Day 2

  • 9:00-10:30am Lecture (Music therapy & a Floortime framework)
  • 10:30-10:45 Break
  • 10:45-12:15 Lecture (Musical Emotional Profiles and MEARS levels 1-3)
  • 12:15-1:30pm Lunch (provided)
  • 1:30-3:00pm Lecture (MEARS levels 4-6)
  • 3:00-3:15 Break
  • 3:15-5:00 Lecture (Clinical Techniques, Assessments, MT goals)
  • 5:00-5:30 Post-test