Dr Greenspan's Works:
A Comprehensive Model and a Comprehensive Program
Dr. Greenspan was very specific about how he used his comprehensive DIR Model (now The Learning Tree) to set and prioritize goals for children. He focused on the big picture (his functional emotional milestones), and made sure every goal was achieved through motivating and fun thinking-based activities. These standards made sure the experience was meaningful, and based on natural contexts where each child was learning from real experiences, not just learning to use someone else’s idea or answer.
He felt that these principals and techniques need to be integrated into every environment and context a child spends time: with family, with peers, with therapists, with teachers, etc. When the families he worked with were able to do this, and create a truly comprehensive program, the results they helped their child achieve were above and beyond the expected norm for that diagnosis.
Unfortunately, currently many professionals and families are not using his work in a fully comprehensive manner, and are losing oppertunieites by not getting his results. Fortunately Dr. Greenspan left us a guide. Please listen to the accompanying audio clips to understand how he created comprehensive programs, and what he felt was necessary to achieve optimal development. You can also learn about his ideas, and how to use them in all components of a child’s program, at The Greenspan Floortime Approach 2017 International Conference this October.