Profectum Conference Offers Parent Scholarship



Here is the conference brochure for the 3rd Annual New York DIR Conference on October 13 and 14.  You’ll note on page 9 that parents can apply for a scholarship toward the cost of registration, with the deadline fast approaching on October 1.  What does the “DIR” stand for?

The D (Developmental) part of the Model describes understanding where the child is developmentally as essential to planning a treatment program. There are six developmental milestones that every child must master for healthy emotional and intellectual growth. This includes helping children to develop capacities to attend and remain calm and regulated, engage and relate to others, initiate and respond to all types of communication beginning with emotional and social affect based gestures, engage in shared social problem-solving and intentional behavior involving a continuous flow of  interactions, use ideas to communicate needs and think and play creatively, and build bridges between  ideas in logical ways. 

The I (Individual differences) part of the Model describes the unique biologically-based ways each child takes in, regulates, responds to, and comprehends sensations such as sound, touch, and the planning and sequencing of actions and ideas.  Some children, for example, are very hyper responsive to touch and sound, while others are under-reactive, and still others seek out these sensations.

The R (Relationship-based) part of the Model describes the learning relationships with caregivers, educators, therapists, peers, and others who tailor their affect based interactions to the child’s individual differences and developmental capacities to enable progress in mastering the essential foundations. 


Hotel Pennsylvania


The entire program on both days at the Hotel Pennsylvania in midtown Manhattan is outstanding.  On Sunday, October 13, Dr. Press will be lecturing together with Serena Wieder, Ph.D., co-developer of Floortime, following which he will join Dr. Mehrnaz Green of Washignton, D.C., one of the principals who took over the practice of Dr. Harry Wachs.

2:00 pm -3:15 pm Plenary Part One | The Domino Effect on All Aspects of Development When Visual Spatial Knowledge is Curtailed 

Serena Wieder, PhD with Leonard J. Press, OD, FAAO, FCOVD 

Understanding where you are in space and where other things are relative to you – is essential to anything you want to do, how you think, how you learn, how you feel, how you relate and communicate with others, how you play, how you move and organize and navigate your world. This plenary will examine the symphony of developmental milestones supported by vision, the accommodations made to not “get lost in space”, the ways to identify difficulties, and why integrating the silos of intervention is essential through case illustrations. Based on Visual/Spatial Portals to Thinking, Feeling and Movement by Serena Wieder, PhD and Harry Wachs, OD.

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Plenary Part Two |The Eye-Brain-Body Continuum and its Role in the Visual/Spatial Cognitive Profile 

Serena Wieder, PhD with Leonard J. Press, OD, FAAO, FCOVD 

The traditional eye examination is limited to investigations concerning the integrity of the eye, the absence of disease, and any indications for glasses to see clearly. While important, this is merely the entree for a deeper understanding of how the eyes communicate with the brain, and how the brain uses visual information to build its spatial framework. This presentation will differentiate ocular and visual components of the Visual Spatial Cognitive Profile, and how they fit into a therapeutic framework.

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm Workshop| Do You “See” It? Recognizing Challenges and Intervention Options 

Leonard J. Press, OD, FAAO, FCOVD and Mehrnaz D. Azimi Green, OD, FCOVD 

This workshop will guide learners in the observation of Visual Spatial Capacities and illustrate activities related to the VSC Profile and their importance for learning, relating and functioning. A case presentation will highlight how to use DIR® principles and Floortime™ strategies to engage a child on the Autism Spectrum and how these interventions can be integrated into Floortime™ play, school and home activities and various interventions related to movement and sensory integration.

One thought on “Profectum Conference Offers Parent Scholarship

  1. Question: An LD. RD, Right Left disabled child fails kindergarden and repeats the same with the same teacher. SInce some kids learn by visual special, some by auditory sequencial and some by tactile, the question is: Should this child repeat kindergarden with a different teacher, as the first go around teacher failed in teaching the child? OR, should the child be placed in special ed? Meanwhile this child patient is doing V.T…Bear Walking, Cross Marching, Visual Perception at home.
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