This workshop offers a theoretical, conceptual, and practical approach to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children with developmental delays such as autism spectrum through a developmental relationship based form of play therapy known as D.I.R./Floor Time. Floor Time takes into consideration the actual level of the child’s current state of development, while supporting any underlying individual neurological differences that may be impeding the child’s development and utilizes the child’s relationships to his/her world to assist in boosting that individual’s level of functional emotional growth. Adaptation of play techniques will be examined for use with these children, in individual, family and group therapy contexts.
About the Workshop leader
Dr. Esther Hess is a licensed developmental psychologist. She specializes in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children with developmental delays, specifically autism spectrum disorder. Her expertise is in the utilization and application of a developmental relational play therapy model DIR/Floor Time as devised by Dr. Stanley Greenspan. Dr. Hess is also the executive director of a multidisciplinary treatment facility in West Los Angeles, Center for the Developing Mind. For more information regarding Dr. Hess or Center for the Developing Mind, please visit the Center’s Web site for more information at www.centerforthedevelopingmind.com
- After the session, participants will be familiar with indications of sensory and processing challenges in the play of children impacted by autism.
- After the session, participants will have an introductory knowledge of play techniques to facilitate emotional regulation and expression in children impacted by autism.
- After the session, participants will be familiar with common parent-child issues for children with developmental delays such as autism.
- After the session, participants will have an introductory knowledge of play techniques to facilitate positive self-esteem in children with sensory and processing challenges commonly associated with autism.