Years of experience in working with kids on the autism spectrum, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, and other developmental diagnoses, brought Amy to find out that Sensory Integration and the DIR framework together are the key to big impact.
In looking at development we know that sensory, motor, language, social, and emotional components are closely related and entwined. Therefore, to truly look at a child holistically, and make a difference, the approach must take all of these components into consideration.
DIRSI clinicians rely on these two powerful frameworks (DIR and SI) in each step of the therapeutic process to ensure all areas of development considered.
Our primary focus when supporting children with differences is in strengthening the basic foundational skills for development.
Our goal is to give children and families the tools needed for kids to be well adjusted and successful in a variety of settings.
The most basic skill a person needs is that of self-regulation and, oftentimes, this is where we start. This skill is an essential prerequisite for peer interactions, attention, and higher-level thinking. Typically in development the ability to self-regulate occurs through repetitive interactions with emotionally attuned caregivers. As the baby gets older they rely less on caregivers to help them regulate and are able to do so more independently.
When a child is born with individual differences, such as over sensitivity to touch or movement, the caregiver may be ineffective in soothing the child. The child experiences normal regulation strategies, such as rocking or massaging, as aversive. Early on there may be a mismatch based on how the child’s nervous system is experiencing the world and their caregiver; this mismatch can derail development, and as the child matures there may be holes in this basic area of development that lays the foundation for success in a variety of contexts.
Our goal is two-fold: (1) change the nervous system by specifically addressing core deficits (2) help parents understand how to best interact with their child’s unique profile to support interaction and healthy development.
We believe that all children are capable of being successful in every day life; when a child is born with a profile that makes everyday life difficult, it is our responsibility to understand their profile to best support development.