Based on the Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship model (DIR model) to advance development of all those with autism and special needs using their trademarked model “Foundational Capacities for Development” to help parents, professionals, and educators to use many approaches toward addressing challenges, barriers, and needs of those with autism and other special needs. Visit their site for links to toolkits, certificates, training programs, and webcasts.
One in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) are diagnosed with autism according to the CDC and Autism Speaks, and the incidence rate has been getting higher and is expected to continue its rise.
We believe there are not enough practitioners to provide the intervention and help these children and families need. Even fewer practitioners are available when children get older. As such, we have a dual-focused mission for education and training in autism and other developmental and mental health challenges.
- Training – increasing the number of practitioners helping individuals and families with special needs. We aim to help train tens or hundreds of thousands of practitioners over time so that the individuals and families with special needs can receive the help they need.
- Research – advancing the state-of-the-art of identifying developmentally appropriate treatment approaches, as well as create the approach for how to integrate these approaches to address what the individual needs at specific stages of development.
Our vision is to create a community of caring families, clients, multidisciplinary professionals and leaders in the field. We are committed to promoting treatment approaches that address the unique needs of the individual at any stage of development from early childhood to adulthood, integrating the best treatment models across disciplines and intervention approaches.