Date(s) - 30/09/2019 - 02/10/2019
Angliss Conference Centre
Who Should Attend?
Speech & Language Pathologists, Occupational, Therapists, other allied health professionals including; Child Psychologists, Social Workers, Educators, Medical Professionals, Child Health Nurses, and others working in the field of child development, and early intervention.
Note this 3 day workshop is a new format that combines previous “The Action Is in the Interaction “Stage 1” and “Stage 2” training into an intensive three day program.
The Action is in the Interaction is a training developed by Mari Caulfield, SLP and Kathy Walmsley, OT from many years of experience working within interdisciplinary contexts with families who have children with autism, communication and learning difficulties, developmental delays and regulatory challenges. The Developmental Individualised Relationship based model ( DIR® ) was founded by Dr. Stanley Greenspan & Dr. Serena Wieder as a framework to assist parents, and professionals in constructing a comprehensive intervention program that focuses on improving the child’s functioning in developmental capacities where there are challenges, and, at the same time, promote healthy foundations for overall social, emotional and intellectual functioning. We will explore how the DIR® framework uses emotional & motivating experienced-based learning to improve engagement, social skills, language, independence, & to support higher level thinking. Intervention is offered within the context of developmentally designed play & learning situations. Therapeutically guided interaction with children is the means of strengthening their developmental capacities. This course will highlight the interdisciplinary nature of this model and will offer a unique opportunity to experience an integrated approach to the child’s sensory processing capacities, emotional development & developmental language acquisition. The relationship between affect, sensory processing & communication will be explored. Video case examples will be used extensively and will include and integrate working with children in a variety of environments including the clinic, home and group settings. This will include developmental progress demonstrated by children over time. There will be a focus on the core role of parents as an important part of the model. The background that supports the theory from the fields of child development, infant mental health, neuroscience and development models will be outlined.
Attending this training will enable participants to:
1. Identify the DIR® model as an interdisciplinary approach and framework that integrates the emotional and neurobiological functioning of the child.
2. Describe the relationship between affect, sensory processing, and communication, and understand Individual differences as part of the model.
3. Understand the importance of a relationship-based approach, within the context of assessment & intervention.
4. Experience how to build an individual developmental profile of the child, to guide treatment / parent coaching.
5. Understand the developmental language perspective most relevant to this assessment & intervention.
6. Identify and describe the six core functional social emotional developmental stages and related capacities.
7. Describe Individual Differences from a DIR® perspective.
8. Develop an introductory understanding of Functional Emotional Assessment Scale & other Functional Assessment tools to guide and support intervention planning.
9. Formulate discipline-specific goals from a developmental perspective.
10. Describe and understand the use ‘DIR® /Floortime™’ model within the clinic and natural environments of the child.
Building Healthy Minds – Dr. S. Greenspan
The Child with Special Needs – Dr. S. Greenspan and Dr. S. Wieder
Engaging Autism – Dr. S. Greenspan and Dr. S. Wieder
Day One – 9:00am to 5:30pm (registration opens from 08:30 am)
Day Two – 9:00am to 5:30pm
Day Three – 9:00am to 5:00pm
Includes: Course materials, lunch, and refreshments.
Event Brochure, Registration form and Training Schedule are available at:
Travelling to the venue:
Free parking spaces can be difficult to find and paid parking can be costly within the CBD, but the venue is located close to a range of public transport options.
Angliss Conference Centre Location map
Professional Support and Mentoring Group Sessions:
If you would like to register an expression of interest in further integrating this approach into your practice, then please consider completing the Professional Support and Mentoring Group Session form and emailing it back to us. These commence in 2020 with 6 dates in total, comprising of a maximum of 6 participants. This advance notice is to inform training attendees of the option for mentoring post training and in case advance funding applications are required. We won’t accept payment until the applicants responses have been looked over to make sure we are meeting their PD requirements.
The Professional Support and Mentoring Group Brochure and registration form can be found at:
The Action Is In The Interaction – DIR series mentoring group brochure and registration form
Booking Terms and Conditions:
– Early Bird cut off date is 01 August 2019.
– Cancellations must be in writing and postmarked 15 days prior to start date.
– Refunds will be given less a $50 handling fee).
– Cancellations within 15 days of event start date are subject to a 50% deduction in refund.
– No refund will be given for cancellations less than 48 hours before the start of the event.
– If this event were to be cancelled the total liability is limited to a refund of the full amount paid at time of registration.