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DIR / Floortime

We use a developmental, relationship-based model or approach referred to as DIR.

Developmentally Focused (D)
We meet the child at their developmental level and build from there. This means we assess the child’s capacities to be calm, alert and focused, jointly engaged for two-way back and forth interaction as these are developmental skills that form the basis for the development of higher-level thinking and learning and are required to help the child function in the world. These are capacities that develop effortlessly in most children in a developmental progression, however some children have neurobiological differences that make this natural developmental progression more challenging. We use this information about the child’s developmental profile to help guide us on how to set developmentally appropriate goals for that child.

Relationship Based (R)
Assessment and intervention are dynamic processes in which a child’s caregivers and others with key relationships with the child play an essential role, and the child’s relationships are harnessed as we work towards goal areas.

Individual Differences Profile (I)
We assess for the child’s Individual Differences Profile (I) in neurobiological areas including strengths, as well as the areas that are challenged. Each child will have their own unique “thumbprint” of where they are strong and where they need help. Information we learn about the child’s individual difference profile helps us to design therapeutic strategies to help the child towards goal areas.

Interventions are designed to achieve functional outcomes that support the child with what they want and need to do for healthy development, participation and independence.

We draw on different tools as well as Floortime and this includes social thinking, Hanen programs, SOS approach to mealtimes, PROMPT, augmentative communication systems, visual supports, and the beyond behaviours approach.

To find out more about DIR/Floortime or other similar programs available near you, contact us today.

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The Early Start Australia Difference 

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Our dedicated team of health professionals are ready to get started when you are.  

Australia-wide our promise is the same. We’ll listen and support you to reach your therapy goals, and we’ll have some fun along the way. We work with people of all ages and abilities to help them develop language, motor, cognitive, social and emotional skills. Building capabilities and life skills to help them thrive.  

The Early Start Australia promise

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Multi-disciplinary team

Your support team is made up of more than just behaviour support practitioners. We believe in a multi-disciplinary approach and provide holistic care alongside other therapy services.

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Centres across Australia

With clinics and capacity in every state and territory, you’re guaranteed to get the help you need, when and where you need it most. Can’t get to a clinic? We also offer telehealth services.

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Registered NDIS provider

We’re a registered NDIS behaviour support practitioner. Our services fall under your NDIS plan, and meet the safety and quality standards of the NDIS.

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Early intervention for all ages

Positive behaviour support strategies aren’t just for children. Our early intervention services cater to all ages, needs and abilities. The earlier you start your therapy journey, the better your outcomes.

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