Rebecca School Announces Dir Confrence Registration Now Open

Top Quote Conference To Be Held on April 24, 2015. End Quote
  • New York, NY (1888PressRelease) February 13, 2015 - Rebecca School ( announces registration is now open for the upcoming 2015 DIRŪ Conference with special keynote speakers Dr. Gil Tippy and Dr. Stephen Shore. Jeff Guenzel from ICDL will introduce the speakers. The conference, to be held Friday April 24, 2015 at Rebecca School in Manhattan, NY.

    Keynote speaker Dr. Stephen Shore is the President emeritus of the Asperger's Association of New England and also a former board member of the Autism Society. Author of 'Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome','Ask and Tell: Selfadvocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum', and also 'Understanding Autism for Dummies', Dr. Shore is not only an autism advocate, but someone diagnosed with 'Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies' as well as being considered 'too sick' for outpatient treatment. Dr. Shore was recommended at a young age for institutionalization.

    "We're shifting from the current model of seeing autism as a collection of deficits to an appreciation of the strengths of people on the autism spectrum," he says.

    Throughout the conference, breakout sessions will be provided and will include a wide variety of presentation options. All of the presenters are Rebecca School staff and represent the interdisciplinary DIRŪ approach including SLPs, OTs, PTs, teachers, music therapists, teaching assistants, and mental health professionals. Participants will be able to choose which break out session they would like to attend, include sensory integration, classroom literacy, promoting symbolic play, basics of DIRŪ /Floortime, music therapy, and case study presentations.

    DIRŪ stands for Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based learning. The term originates from the work of Dr. Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder, Ph.D. who studied high risk children during the 1980's. They created DIRŪ as a familial systematic developmental intervention approach that includes Floortime play-based type intervention.

    Founded in 2005, the Rebecca School is a state of the art facility built specifically for working with the children the school serves that includes large sensory gyms, multiple art and music rooms, large sunny classrooms with smart boards and amplification systems and a rooftop playground.

    Keynote speaker Dr. Gil Tippy, PsyD, Clinical Director of the Rebecca School, recently co-authored a book with Dr. Greenspan, entitled 'Respecting Autism: The Rebecca School DIR Casebook for Parents and Professionals'. He also co-authored a journal article, "Attachment and Autism: Parental Attachment Representations and Relational Behaviors in the Parent-Child Dyad" (Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 2010) as well as contributed a chapter on DIRŪ/Floortime™ in the book,Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism 2010-2011(Siri & Lyons, 2010).

    Registration is now open and will remain open until Apr 24, 2015. For more information and to register for this exciting event, visit

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