One of TCS’s goals is to reach beyond our walls and inform other educators and parents about the effectiveness and applications of the developmental, relationship based, or DIR©/Floortime™, model in the classroom. In recent years we have concentrated our outreach efforts on developing new relationships and support for TCS through consultations, trainings, and presentations. Below are just a few examples of the work the staff has been doing outside the classroom:
One of TCS’s goals is to reach beyond our walls…
- The Strategic Learning & Special Education Institute, located in Trinidad, reached out to TCS several years ago in an effort to grow and develop their practice. Their goals included not only training staff and educating families of their current participants, but also educating their country about the need for individualized support and learning, as well as providing a loving and supportive environment for each student. The relationship lasted several years, and we made multiple visits throughout the year and are supporting the development of the school’s curriculum.
- Through a grant from JP Morgan, TCS developed a series of presentations for the parents of McNair Discovery Learning Academy, an elementary school in Dekalb County. In the past we have presented several topics, including the use of play in development and the importance of understanding sensory integration. Each lecture was met with enthusiasm, rich questions and in-depth discussions which illustrated the wide range of students and families who can benefit from our approach.
- The Special Education coordinator in Kingsport, Tennessee invited TCS to provide observation and in-service for special education teachers in the county. The group was extremely receptive and excited about the possibilities of incorporating what they learned from our staff in their classrooms.
- The Naked Heart Foundation in Russia reached out to Dave Nelson, inviting him to speak at the annual conference in Moscow in 2012, and to provide staff training to the Center for Curative Pedagogics, one of Russia’s leading centers for individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism.
…to educate others as a way of strengthening our own community.
- In an effort to broaden their own experience and share their work with others, several staff members have presented at a number of professional conferences. These have included the Autism Society of America, and the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia. Topics included neurodevelopmental profiling, sexuality, anger and aggression issues, and transition issues.
These are just a few examples of the ongoing endeavor to share our work while supporting other families and programs. Our future plans include continued relationships with several of these organizations, private consultations and trainings for local families, local and regional outreach,and holding an educational conference at the school next fall. We have been very fortunate to have these opportunities to educate others as a way of strengthening our own community.
Please contact us at 404-308-8548 or use this Contact Form if we can help you with your staff or curriculum development, or with specific consultation questions.