Floortime Intervention: What Is It And How Does It Work?

Floortime Intervention is Simple

Children with autism are delayed in their communication skills, display restricted or repetitive behavior, and have deficits in social interaction and reciprocity. Floortime simultaneously works to develop all three of these areas.

The DIR/Floortime Model is based on years of research about early relationships and family functioning, as well as other disciplines.

In this model of intervention, the individual working with the child (parent, caregiver, or therapist), meets the child at his or her level, entering the child’s world, and interacting with him or her.

If this sounds simple, that is because it is: interactions with the child will increase his or her emotional, social, and intellectual skills.

A Shared World

In the world the child and individual working with him or her share, communication is exchanged and increased, and meanings are negotiated through reciprocal interaction that seems a lot like “regular” playtime.

The child leads and the caregiver follows, broadening the circles of communication and interaction.

Because these early relationships and interactions are vital for healthy brain development, this intervention model affects not just behavior, but also neurological development.

Parents Play a Role

Parents and other caregivers can be trained to “administer” Floortime interventions. This intervention is easy to implement in the home setting.

Learn More

For an excellent video of Dr. Stanley Greenspan, founder of Floortime, explaining the concept, watch this video.

To see Floortime in action, watch this video to see clips from Floortime sessions over the course of two years, provided by a therapist from the P.L.A.Y. project.