Neil Samuels Developmental Therapy
Neil Samuels Developmental Therapy
A DIR/Floortime based approach for children diagnosed with ASD and other Developmental based challenges.

I offer to all families with typical and non-typical developing infants. toddlers, adolescents and adults a comprehensive fully evidenced-based peer-reviewed approach based upon the DIR/Floortime model (Developmental, Individual Processing and Relationship based differences). DIR/Floortime was founded in the mid 1980's by world renown child psychiatrist and former head of NIMH, Mental Health Study Center and the Clinical Infant Development Program, Stanley Greenspan, M.D.. and Serena Weider, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychologist).  It is a fully scientific evidenced-based, peer reviewed neurodevelopmental model that comprehensively and systematically addresses  your child's primary developmental capacities or milestones. Beginning in infancy, there are six primary core Functional Emotional Developmental milestones that are typically achieved during the first three years of life.  Each developmental milestone represents a critical stage that every child must adequately master before moving ahead with increasingly socially complex nuanced engagement, thinking and communicating.

Individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and/or other biopsychosocial developmental and communication challenges often have varying degrees of  difficulty in mastering and/or fully integrating these six primary core developmental milestones. However, all individuals, particularly when intervention is begun early can partially to often entirely master and integrate these peer-typical developmental milestones once their functional emotional developmental capacities and individual sensory-affect-motor processing differences are properly biopsychosocially assessed and warmly and systematically engaged.

I consistently guide you and your family during each session to learn how to go to your child’s level and engage your child around his/her natural intent or affective interests. This begins with a Developmental focus on understanding and encouraging optimal arousal with your child to pleasurably attend to his/her environments; increased comfort and ability to regulate/co-regulate interactions during simple  back and forth two-way reciprocal social-emotional problem solving scenarios around your child's needs, desires and requests with the use of basic gestures and utterances increasing toward more complex two-way social-emotional problem solving scenarios with expanded opening and closing circles of communication using simple words to phrases.  

The  above is further facilitated during more complex play supporting your child's ideation/imagination (e.g., feeding, sleeping , waking interactions with character figures) to a complex sequencing  of symbolic play ideas (e.g., an increased logical flow and connection of ideas transacted between character figures).  Social Language development: The focus throughout all sessions and activities is on peer competent receptive and expressive social-pragmatic affective language/communication skills, beginning with single to combined utterances; emerging phrases to full sentence usage.  For older children and adolescents who have mastered the above milestones, deeper critical reflective thinking skills, which include multi-causal thinking, gray-area thinking and thinking from an emerging set of internalized values, in conjunction with more complex social-pragmatic language becomes the focus of the child/primary caregiver session.

I also regularly consult with developmental psychologists, occupational therapists, oral motor therapists, physical therapists, nutritionists and other professionals where there is required more specific attention to a specific area of concern or challenge. Sessions are conducted in the family setting. For clients where distance/travel time is prohibited, facetime or skype sessions are available as an option.  In addition to in-home family sessions, video recording during sessions, as an additional point of reference, review and assessment of daily family implemented skills can be provided. All initial  phone consultations are quite extensive and non-fee based.