Relational and Developmental Theory
Infancy, childhood and school environment are characterized by dynamic relationships with the important people in a child’s life.
For children who have severe disorders of relating and communicating—often diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder, autism or autistic spectrum disorder, a comprehensive, intensive intervention program is needed.
The DIR® Model is a comprehensive framework for assessment and intervention developed by Drs. Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder. This framework enables parents and professionals to develop an individualized program tailored to the child’s unique differences, strengths ,and challenges. The goal is to help your child build healthy foundations for social, emotional, and development.
It is important to understand and build upon your child’s developmental capacities, including helping your child remain calm and attentive, engage and relate to others, and to communicate wants, needs, and ideas through play, building the way for academic learning.
Each child takes in, regulates, and responds to sensory information, such as sights, sounds, and touch, differently. Understanding your child’s unique differences will enable you to better determine what may be interfering with your child’s development and also find new ways to connect.
You are the key to helping your child grow and learn. Your child will learn through your relationship. By tailoring your affect and responses to your child’s individual differences, you will help him or her reach higher developmental capacities.
Learn more about the DIR Theory and its research through this video