Our Approach

When development falters, be it physical, emotional, cognitive, communication or functional skills, assessment is needed to identify developmental gaps or other variables affecting progression, in order to tailor therapy to the child’s needs.

We provide Occupational Therapy evaluation and treatment in sensory integration, sensory processing and modulation, self regulation, motor planning, postural control, balance, muscle tone, gross and fine motor skills, handwriting, which can impact behaviour, participation and performance in daily living.


DIR®/FLoortime™

Our approach to therapy is guided by the DIR®/Model (Floortime) developed by Dr Stanley Greenspan, MD and Serena Wieder PhD. The Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based Floortime (DIR®/Floortime™) Model is a framework that helps clinicians and parents develop an intervention program tailored to the unique challenges and strengths of children with developmental challenges.

The ‘DIR’ part of the model is the framework, that guides therapy intervention and The ‘Floortime’ refers to the implementation of therapy, the actual ‘doing’ part.

  • D

    Defines the fundamental capacities for joint attention and regulation, engagement across a wide range of emotions, two-way communication, and complex social problem solving. These in turn underlie the development of symbol formation, language and intelligence.
  • I

    Refers to individual differences related to sensory reactivity and regulation, visual-spatial and auditory/language processing, and purposeful movement.
  • R

    Refers to relationships with caregivers that are the vehicle for affect-based developmentally appropriate interactions. Parents and families are central to this model because of their ongoing opportunities to support their child’s everyday functioning to carry out emotionally meaningful goals based on developmental levels. Cultural and environmental influences are also considered.

Floortime™ is child centred, meaning that the therapist follows the child’s lead and choices. The therapist aims through activities to encourage and expand the child’s communication, social and attentional abilities. The objectives of the DIR®/Floortime™ Model are to build healthy foundations for social, emotional, and intellectual capacities rather than focusing on skills and isolated behaviors.

Strategies for Floortime Intervention

  • Follow child's lead and join them - it does not matter what they do as long as they initiate the move
  • Persist in your pursuit
  • Treat what child does as intentional and purposeful - give new meanings