WEBCASTS & TRAINING
As the rate of students with autism and other special needs in school settings continues to rise, parents, teachers and other professionals working in educational settings are desperate for the tools to confidently meet the needs of ALL students. We are at a pivotal moment in the evolution of education, as many people recognize the need for interventions that look at overall development and build on the unique strengths of each student while strengthening weaknesses identified by the latest research in the field." - Monica Osgood
Foundational Capacities for Development
(FCD) Guided Sessions
For guidance and strategies on how to build feelings of COMFORT, COMPETENCE, CONFIDENCE, CONTROL, and COMMUNICATION with your child or adult with special needs in the home!
This 5-week series is designed to guide parents in using the FCD™ framework to rethink how we balance our time and priorities with people on the autism spectrum and with other challenges in relating and communicating. Each week will focus on one of the “5 C’s” and how prioritizing these feelings in ourselves and our loved ones can reduce stress while fostering healthy development!
DIR Addresses Visual-Spatial Processing
An Overlooked Domain Impacting Function Across Developmental Pathways
Visual-spatial processing has a dynamic role in the integration of multiple developmental pathways including movement, navigation, perception, sensation, and body scheme formation. It is a force in the organization of symbolization, regulation, emotions, directional language, interpersonal distance, the construction of knowledge and a sense of agency and security.
This conference is an in-depth examination of this overlooked and under-addressed dimension of development in concept, implication and application to practice across disciplines. It is an opportunity to understand various visual-spatial and movement strengths and challenges that are often missed. Learn practical strategies to apply in the home, clinic, and classroom.
Using the Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship-based Model with the principles of the Foundational Capacities for Development (FCD’s) aka “The 5 C’s of Me!,” this conference will highlight how schools, therapy centers, and home programs around the globe utilize the DIR-FCD Model to provide the evidence-based framework for intensive programs for children and adults with autism and related unique needs.
Webcast presentation titles that are included with this series are listed below:
Overview of DIR-FCD Programs for Early Intervention through Adulthood for Individuals with Diverse Sensory-Motor-Communication Profiles
Adults on the Autism Spectrum share perspectives on educational programs, priorities, “Social Distancing,” Love on the Spectrum, work, and more…
Developmental & Relationship-Based Strategies in the Home: Increasing Your Child’s Engagement During Remote Learning & Teletherapy
The Key Principles of a DIR-FCD Classroom: The Most Current and Progressive Educational Practices Available Today for Students with Special Needs ages 3-21
The 5 C’s at Home: How feelings of Comfort, Competence, Confidence, Control, and Communication Allow Children and their Parents to Co-regulate, Reduce Stress and Challenges, and Maximize Engagement and Independence at Home
Supporting Parents in Working with their Children in the Home and Virtually
Bright & Quirky
Demystifying the Path of 2e Autism
Getting an autism diagnosis for a child can be an emotional and confusing process with lots of questions. How do I best support my child's individual differences? What should I tell them about their diagnosis? What are the most helpful interventions? Join Debbie and Monica Osgood for an enlightening conversation about key factors for developmental progress, including the importance of positive relationships and a "presume competence" mindset. Learn the difference between ABA and DIR (Developmental Individual Relationship-based) Model, and the role emotions, passions, and relationships play in DIR. Monica and Debbie also discuss the best way to assess for autism and where to seek diagnosis.
Dr. Barbara Stroud
Profectum Parent Toolbox
Learn about an exciting opportunity to access a free resource for both parents and providers. Monica Osgood, of the Profectum Faculty, shares her knowledge related to the use of the Profectum Toolbox. Parent, educators and providers can access and learn from this free teaching tool. Dr. Stroud wanted to ensure her audience had both the knowledge and access to this invaluable resource.
NJ Autism Center for Excellence
The Hidden Curriculum and Heart of Developmental Relationship Based Interventions in DIR
Learn about what development means and how the Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based Model (DIR) provides the interventions where different disciplines working together can deepen the therapeutic process and outcomes of people on the autism spectrum as they accompany the journey of families and individuals in clinics, homes and school settings. We discussed the history, theory, and research and highlighted the essential role of play in promoting emotional and cognitive capacities as well as why symbolic play is used in the treatment of developmental differences, trauma and mental health. New Medicaid coverage for DIR services and the implications of this exciting new development also discussed.