Course Description Course Objectives Registration Cont Ed. Course # LEDUC 5062 Students will: Pre-Requisite: Introduction to DIR: An Introduction to the Developmental, Individual Difference, Relation- This course is designed for students who have • Continue to develop their understanding ship-based Model for the Special Child (or by special a basic understanding of the theoretical foun- of the theoretical foundations of the permission of the instructors), also offered by the Astra DIR® model Foundation in partnership with Lesley University. dations of the DIR® model and who wish to do effective Floortime with children with special • Demonstrate an understanding of key Course Fee: $300 Floortime principles and explore/ (see other side for further information) needs. practice a variety of Floortime strategies Course Materials: This course will use the XanEdu Strategic and finely-tuned Floortime requires and techniques course pack purchased for the pre-requisite course as the ability to view the child within the context • Learn to modify their Floortime based well as additional texts which the students will pur- of a larger DIR® framework. Students will chase. on a particular child’s profile (sensory, learn to put together a basic profile of a child processing, regulatory, etc.) Course Dates: January 7—May 6, 2009 that includes an understanding of the model’s (12 weeks within those dates) • Learn how the FEAS and other tools Day and Time: Wednesdays, 5pm—7:30 pm three component parts: may be used to refine the understanding Location: 2326 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA D (Functional) Developmental Level of a child’s profile and to develop more Registration Deadline: focused and strategic Floortime goals. Early registration recommended. I Individual Differences • Demonstrate an understanding of how This course will be limited for size. R Relationship Patterns everyday opportunities and semi- Please make checks payable to structured activities may be used to mo- “The Astra Foundation” and mail to: Students will explore and practice a range of bilize all six developmental levels. The Astra Foundation Attn: Debbie Bauch Floortime strategies and techniques geared to- • Be able to discuss how the DIR® model 524 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720 ward challenging a child to move to higher and other structured teaching methods Questions: Contact Debbie Bauch: 978-266-3700 levels within a session and making develop- (e.g. Applied Behavioral Analysis, O.T., ext. 237 mental progress over time. Students will pre- Speech) can work together in an effec- Debbie@astrafoundation.org sent videotape of their sessions and brainstorm tive program ways to make their work more effective. • Learn to write a report assessing a child’s functional developmental level Name:_____________________________ and individual profile and formulating Address:___________________________ specific, measurable goals for the child. The Astra Foundation is a private, regional • Be encouraged to reflect on their own City, State, Zip:_____________________ foundation that supports programs and initia- strengths and weaknesses and how their tives that help children thrive in their home own individual profiles impact their Daytime Phone:_____________________ and educational environments. The Astra work Special Needs Center was established in 2001 • Be encouraged to develop (where possi- Evening Phone:_____________________ to promote the availability of DIR® services ble) collaborative relationships with the to families with special needs children, in- child’s family and/or other members of Employer: _________________________ cluding children with regulation, sensory, re- the child’s team Occupation:________________________ lational and behavioral issues as well as • Discuss how DIR® may be used as a PDD/Autism disorders. framework for working with a child re- Email (required):____________________ gardless of discipline. Astra Foundation Faculty 524 Main Street Center Astra Special Needs DIR® Floortime Deborah Bauch, M.S., OTR/L, has more than twenty years of experience in pediatrics and EI. As a Clinical Director at the Astra Foundation, she conducts DIR®- based workshops for parents and professionals and has Essential presented at local, regional and national conferences. Ms. Bauch serves as a senior clinician and facilitator for the Interdisciplinary Council on Learning Disorders Floortime (ICDL) and the DIR® Summer Institute. Ms. Bauch consults to school districts, works directly with chil- Skills for dren and families, and serves as a mentor for profes- sionals. Ms. Bauch has extensive expertise in sensory DIR®Floortime integration and processing issues. She is the 2008 re- cipient of the Margaret L. Bauman award for Out- Practitioners standing Therapy Provider. She has Sensory Integra- tion Certification, and is a registered Occupational Therapist. Tal Baz, MS., OTR/L, has 16 years of experience in pediatrics, ranging from psychiatry, oncology, neurol- ogy, cognitive and developmental OT. As part of the DIR® (ICDL) faculty she has conducted work- A Twelve Week Course shops for both parents and professionals, and has pre- for Professionals sented in local conferences, as well as abroad. She is the clinical director of a private developmental clinic in Chicago, and is now practicing privately in the Boston Debbie Bauch, M.S. OTR/L area. Ms. Baz has extensive experience in sensory inte- gration, sensory processing, and sensory modulation and disorders. Tal Baz, M.S. OTR/L Credit Information January 7—May 6, 2009 Lesley University is accredited by the New Eng- (12 weeks within those dates) land Association of Schools and Colleges. Taking a course for credit earns students who fulfill the Cambridge, MA necessary course requirements assigned by the instructor, Lesley University credit. Students de- siring to transfer Lesley credits should check with the receiving institution prior to registering, as Offered by: credits are accepted at the discretion of the receiv- ing institution. Continuing Education students will pay $300 to the Astra Foundation for the course. Students who elect to receive Lesley University credit may do so Lesley University for an additional $150 per credit ($450), plus a $30 registration fee.
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