John A. Carpente,
Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT, DIR-C
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).