DIR®/ Parent Coaching
DIR® stands for Developmental, Individual Differences, and Relationship Based Model. Within the DIR® approach the relationship of a child to his caregivers is paramount and play is the vehicle for development. Occupational therapy and DIR® work perfectly together because Occupational Therapists are trained to understand the sensory processing / motor challenges that might impede a child’s ability to develop and these challenges are considered in every DIR® session. Therapists and caregivers form a partnership in order to help children move up the social emotional ladder of development.
The Academy of Pediatrics (2020) has finally identified DIR® as an evidence-based practice for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The leadership at the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL) has been working tirelessly on urging lawmakers and insurance companies to recognize DIRFloortime® and to offer families choice in treatment interventions. As of July 1, 2020 New Jersey Medicaid is now covering DIR services for children who are diagnosed with ASD. This is likely a watershed moment with other private insurance companies to follow suit shortly. At WIM we are working towards helping families to get insurance coverage so that these services can be offered in a more affordable way.