What is DIR/Floortime?

Woman with a white coat on sitting on the floor playing with a toy with a young child


Monday, July 1, 2024


Floortime (also known as DIRFloortime®) is an approach used to promote an individual’s development through a respectful, playful, joyful, and engaging process. It uses the power of relationships and human connection to encourage the development of the capacities for self-regulation, engagement, communication, shared social problem-solving, and creative, organized, and reflective thinking and reasoning. It is based on the DIR® model for human development. It is used worldwide by teachers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, mental health professionals, parents, and many others who are caring for individuals with developmental challenges or other related needs. It is an evidence-based approach to promoting human development that is used with individuals of all ages…especially children on the autism spectrum.

About the Presenter

Tracy Cox, OTR/L
Education and Training Specialist II
Center for Autism and Related Disabilities
University of Florida


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