Play for Real closing this week for staff training
Play for Real Therapy will be closing for the latter part of this week for staff training. We will be closed from Wednesday July 27 through Monday August 1. We will open again for business at 2:00pm on Monday afternoon, August 1. If you need to contact us during this time, please leave a voicemail or send an email and we will get back to you when we reopen.
DIRFloortime Annual International Conference in Orlando
Play for Real Therapy Services is excited that, this year, the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL) will be holding the DIRFloortime Annual International Conference at Gaylord Palms Resort and Conference Center in Orlando on September 23 & 24. This conference is for both professionals and parents/caregivers. It is the first time that ICDL is holding the annual conference in Florida and there will be an impressive lineup of presenters.
The opening keynote speaker is Steve Silberman, the author of “NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity”. In this award-winning book, Steve gives an insightful and sensitive history of autism, and it will be a wonderful opportunity to hear him speak at the conference. For more information about some of the other presentations, and to register for this great conference please go to http://www.icdl.com/2016. As they announce new speakers, ICDL is updating this page on a regular basis.
Lyn is pleased that ICDL have asked her to lead the DIR 101 track at the conference. This course is open to professionals and parents and is the prerequisite for the professional training in DIRFloortime. Those interested in completing DIR 101 will attend a mix of presentations by the speakers, and workshops lead by Lyn. You can register for this via the conference registration above or by going to http://www.icdl.com/courses.
We are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer Integrated Listening System (iLs) programs here at Play for Real Therapy Services.
iLs uses filtered music and movement to improve brain function. The music is loaded on an iPod paired with special headphones, which deliver sound through both air and bone conduction (a low frequency vibration transmitted by bone to the inner ear).
iLs programs include acoustically modified classical music that provides enhanced or filtered signals in certain frequencies, as specific frequencies are believed to be correlated to certain brain functions. Simultaneous to the auditory component, the user engages in visual, vestibular and motor exercises that maximize the effect.
A growing body of research is showing positive effects of iLs programs in improving sensory processing, attention and regulation, auditory processing, reading and learning ability, and speech. You can visit the iLs website for more information, by clicking here.
Peter has recently trained as an iLs associate and can offer supervised iLs programs both here at our clinic and/or as a home program. For more information, use our contact form here, or call 321-872-8737.
We would like to wish you all a slightly belated Happy New Year, and hope that your year has got off to a good start. We have had a very busy and eventful month here at Play for Real.
Our year got off to a wonderful start with a brief visit from Peter’s mother who lives in the UK. The flight over here was a surprise Christmas gift from her daughter, Geri. She was so excited to be able to see the clinic and hear about the work we do with children and families here at Play for Real. We all had a lovely time, but it seemed all to soon that she had to return to the chilly weather in the UK.
Peter and his mother at the Play for Real Clinic
Play for Real Therapy Clinic Celebrates its First Anniversary
On January 19, we celebrated the first anniversary of opening the clinic. Our first year seems to have flown by, but it was nice to look back and see how much Play for Real has grown in that time, and to see our dream becoming a reality. We are excited at the prospect of expanding further this year and to see some of our plans and projects start to take shape.
Welcome to our New Therapist!
As part of our growth mentioned above, we are very excited to welcome Jessica Wicker, MOTR/L, who will be providing additional occupational therapy services for us. Although she is new to Play for Real, we have known Jessica for the last 14 years and are so pleased that she is making her skills and expertise available to our children and families.
Lyn began an online DIRFloortime Training for professionals this month that has attracted participants from as far away as Singapore and Australia. We are also pleased to be able to tell you that the 20th Annual International DIRFloortime Conference will be in Orlando this year, September 23 & 24 at the Gaylord Hotel. We’ll let you know more details as they become available.
To round off our January, we have just returned from the CARD Annual Conference in Orlando, where we were exhibitors for ICDL (Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning). CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disabilities), provides a lot of support and help for parents, caregivers and professionals living and working with children and adults on the Autism spectrum. Lyn and Jeff Guenzel, the CEO of ICDL, gave a short presentation on DIRFloortime and we all got to talk with lots of parents and professionals about DIRFloortime and the work we do here at Play for Real.
Lyn to conduct DIRFloortime training at Miami Children’s Hospital
Lyn is off to Miami next weekend where she will be conducting DIRFloortime training at Nicklaus (Miami) Children’s Hospital. We are excited that the hospital is pursuing DIRFloortime training for their clinical staff.
This time last year Lyn and Kathy Platzman, the Clinical Director for The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL), spent a weekend in Miami teaching the DIR 101 class to about 50 of the hospital staff. This year, the hospital has asked Lyn and Kathy to return. As a result, on June 13 & 14 they will be repeating the DIRFloortime 101 class for more of the staff, and then going on to start the professional DIRFloortime 201 training on Monday June 15.
DIR 101 is an introductory course that reviews the theoretical framework, scientific evidence, and scope of application of the DIR model and Floortime. This course is open to parents and self-advocates as well as professionals.
DIR 201 is an intensive theory and practicum course for professionals only, and is the first stage of a series of courses for clinicians who want to use the DIRFloortime approach in their clinical setting.
Although Nicklaus (Miami) Children’s Hospital is hosting the DIRFloortime 101 and 201 classes, the courses are not exclusive to their staff so, if you are interested in registering, please go to www.icdl.com/courses.
Please note that, because of the Miami training, the Play for Real Therapy clinic will be closed on Friday June 12 and Monday June 15. We will be open for business as usual on Tuesday June 16.
Beyond The Spectrum 2nd Annual Conference & Resource Fair
On Saturday May 9th 2015, the Spectrum Resource Committee will be holding their second annual conference and resource fair, Beyond The Spectrum, at Melbourne auditorium.
Play for Real Therapy Services will be participating in this event and we look forward to meeting you there! Stop by our table to say hello and find out more about the services we offer.
Lyn is one of the presenters and will be providing an overview of DIRFloortime®. Her presentation is scheduled at 2:30pm in Room B. After the presentation she will be able to answer some of your questions on DIRFloortime®.
The Beyond The Spectrum second annual conference and resource fair will take place between 11am and 4pm on Saturday May 9th, 2015 at:
After several months of preparation, Play for Real Therapy Services new clinic officially opens its doors to both existing and new clients today. This marks a significant milestone in our journey toward a center of excellence, that provides quality evidence-based occupational therapy to children and their families through the use of therapeutic play. We are excited that the Play for Real Clinic is now open. The increased space has allowed us to create different therapy areas providing a wider range of therapeutic opportunities. The new areas include:
imaginative play area
messy play area
testing and computer room
You can see pictures of these areas of the Play for Real Clinic in the slideshow on our home page. The opening hours for the Play for Real therapy clinic will be Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. However, bear in mind that we may be in sessions or out on a home visit, so please contact us first if you wish to visit the clinic and do not have an appointment.