VAPT Summer Conference
17th Annual VAPT Conference
Developmental/Relational Play Therapy with Children
and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder and
Sensory Processing Disorder
Esther B. Hess, Ph.D., RPT-S
A two-day workshop
Friday, June 14th and Saturday, June 15th, 2013
(Optional Friday only attendance)
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
James Madison University
Festival Conference & Student Center
1301 Carrier Drive
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807
Featured VAPT News
April 6 2012. CBC News: The National.
View an exciting video news report of research studies from York University using DIR FLOOR TIME as a play-based intervention for children with autism at http://www.mehri.ca/News.html
Researchers at York University in Toronto are carrying out a study of a play-based therapy program that has had some remarkable success in drawing some autistic children out of their solitary worlds and into a shared one. In this video, the CBC's Ioanna Roumeliotis offers a moving look inside Floor Time therapy and how it's given one Ontario family new hope for their son.
May 8, 2013
Have you heard the terminology- sensory processing disorder, but don’t know what it is? Do you have a child who can’t stand loud noises, extremely picky eater, melts down when having to wash his/her hair? This great website provides information about sensory processing disorder, helps to identify signs and symptoms of the disorder and offers suggestions for how to help.
May 8, 2013
Built on years of research, the DIR/Floortime Model also integrates research contributions from various disciplines, such as early childhood education, special education, speech and language pathology, occupational therapy, social work and family therapy. Neuroscience research lends further support to developmental interventions. Early relationships and reciprocal interactions between infants and caregivers are vital for healthy brain development. The objectives of the DIR/Floortime Model are to build spontaneous communication between children and their caregivers and nurturing interactions. These two elements are basic components of the DIR/Floortime Model.
May 8, 2013
Great resource to support parents raising children with a variety of behavioral difficulties, including ADHD. Great wisdom and support for parents and highly recommended by parents for parents. You can also find Celebrate Calm on Facebook.