N/NY-0310 - Integrating Art Therapy and the DIR®/Floortime™ Model for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Invite the child with autism to experience creativity by first understanding them and then joining them in their world.The DIR®/Floortime™ approach teaches us to follow the child's natural emotional interests while challenging them toward greater mastery of their social, emotional, and intellectual capacities.
- Have a basic understanding of the DIR®/Floortime™ Model by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and how it is applied with children on the Autism Spectrum.
- Learn how to design appropriate art therapy directives for this population that combine the therapeutic approach of the DIR®/Floortime™ Model.
- Learn effective techniques to work with individuals, parent/child dyads and groups affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders
Founder, Colors of Play
Pamela Ullmann, MS, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT is a board certified and licensed art therapist who has practiced in the field for more than 20 years, working with children and families in a variety of community and healthcare settings. She is currently working as an Art Therapist in a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, and was previously a Program Coordinator for the Autism Program, with the Institute of Child Development in a University Medical Center. She was instrumental in developing the Art Therapy program in 2003 for the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center in Manhattan and subsequently served as director of the Child Life and Therapeutic Activities department there.
Pamela has an independent practice called Colors of Play, LLC and has recently formed a nonprofit organization, Healing Arts Family Connection, Inc. that provides creative arts therapy services for children with special needs and families throughout the tri-state area