We believe that in order to work effectively with children, we must know them well through warm, nurturing relationships. We must understand their specific developmental needs and we must have a deep respect for individual differences.
Since 2001, the Center for Neurodiverse Development has created training opportunities for adults working with children with challenges of relating and communicating, including programs for early intervention professionals, teachers, mental health practitioners, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and others.
Since 2004, in partnership with Lesley University, we have offered courses on the DIR®/Floortime model for adults working with neurodiverse children. More than one thousand students and professionals in the greater Boston area have taken our classes and have brought this relationship-based developmental model into their work.
SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES
In addition to our courses for professionals, we offer DIR®/Floortime courses for families throughout the year. In a supportive environment, we help caregivers increase their child’s regulation and shared attention, better understand how sensory issues may be affecting their child’s regulation and development, and learn how play can help a child understand emotions.