Engaging and Respecting Autism: A Pathway to Understanding and Engaging a Person with Autism

Engaging and Respecting Autism: A Pathway to Understanding and Engaging Individuals with Autism from a DIR® Perspective

Engaging and Respecting Autism: What is it and how do I do it?  This course examines how using a respectful and engaging developmental and relationship-based approach promotes human development.  This is about much more than simply training individuals on the autism spectrum to learn discrete skills.  You will learn the key to helping individuals with autism become motivated from within (an intrinsic desire) to engage, relate, communicate and learn. 

This course examines the importance of social relationships and cultural competency as they relate to the therapeutic relationship.  Participants learn how a developmentally based model of care, including consideration of individual differences, the perspective of the client, and specific techniques, all serve to strengthen the therapeutic relationship and support growth and development.

DIR® is an approach to help individuals communicate better with their environment. It was developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan to help promote each person's development to its fullest potential.  It is an incredibly powerful approach to help people with Autism relate, communicate, think, and learn.  It aims to meet people at their level of development and build on their strengths and abilities by creating opportunities for interactions and building relationships with people who are important in the their life. This course will explore specific strategies for truly engaging and respecting a person with Autism in treatment and identify specific reasons why this is so effective as well as respectful.

Don't train a child to learn by force or harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of genius of each. –Plato

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This course is being brought to you by ICDL at our local host center for this course Express Yourself Therapy

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Date & Time and Location


Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM - US/Eastern


Sat Nov 18 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Express Yourself Therapy


Express Yourself Therapy
4400 East-West Highway
Suite 32
Behtesda, Maryland

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ICDL DIRFloortime Training Program


Our Refund Policy:
Cancellations/Refunds/Payment Information for Conferences

Each individual registration fee for each conference includes a non-refundable processing fee of $50 per person.  Cancellations are accepted up to 30 days prior to the event (the non-refundable processing fee is withheld from all refunds).  Cancellations are not accepted less than 30 days prior to conference and no refunds are provided less than 30 days prior to a conference. 

Cancellations/Refunds/Payment Information for Courses (such as DIR 101, 201, 202, 203, 204, 210, etc)

Please be aware that if you have selected to only pay a deposit at registration, your final payment must be received no later than 1/2 way through your course.  For example, for a 14 week course that meets weekly, final payment is due on the date of your 7th weekly class.  You will not receive your Certificate of Attendance until your final payment is received, potentially making you ineligible to receive Continuing Education Credits (CEs or CEUs) for your course.  In addition, if your payment is not received within 15 days of you due date, an additional $50 processing fee will be charged.

Some courses may have course specific payment, cancellation, and refund policies.  So, please read your course registration page for class-specific cancellation/refund policies.  Unless otherwise noted in course-specific registration materials, the policies are the same as listed below for other DIRFloortime courses.

If you registered for a DIR 202, 203, 204A or 204B course, please be certain you are eligible to register for this course!!!  You must have written feedback that indicates you are eligible to attend this course.  If you are uncertain whether you are eligible to attend this course, please contact dirfloortimetraining@icd.com.

The individual registration fee for each class includes a non-refundable processing fee of $50.  All cancellations must be made online through Mylo or by e-mailing dirfloortimetraining@icdl.com at least 15 days prior to the first day of class to qualify for a full refund (less the $50 processing fee).  Cancellations after that period and before the class begins are eligible for a 50 percent refund (less the processing fee).  No refunds will be issued once the class has begun.  Class change requests are considered a cancelaltion and re-registration.

For certificate renewals and replacements, there are no refunds. 

Complaints or Grievances:  Should a participant have a complaint, we ask that you contact the training leader of the course.  If this is not acceptable, appropriate, or successful, please e-mail the ICDL Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Guenzel, at jguenzel@icdl.com.  It is our goal and commitment that every participant is satisfied with their learning experience. 

Accessibility:  ICDL is committed to making all of our conferences and trainings accessible to all participants.  We ask registrants that may need any accommodations to please e-mail dirfloortimetraining@icdl.com and we will work to meet your needs.  ICDL uses Blackboard Collaborate for our live online learning courses which is a full-feature learning platform used by universities across the country.  Blackboard Collaborate has a commitment to accessibility.  Read more about how Blackboard Collaborate removes the barriers to ensure universal access to learning by clicking here.