Scientific Proof of What We All Know - Play Works

This is an amazing video that was shared with me by my colleague, Katie Bond, PsyD.

Dr. Bond and I use a technique with children called DIR Floortime.  This technique uses an understanding of Development, knowledge of and respect for Individual Differences, and support for building strong Relationships with the child's family (hence the DIR portion) to help children develop their motor, sensory processing and social-emotional skills.  The Floortime portion comes in when their parents, caregivers and I get on the floor and play.

The families, children and therapists who use this technique understand how it works and see the results.  This video helps us to understand from a neurological viewpoint what is actually happening in the brain.  It is so exciting to see how the brain actually "rewires"!

The family in this video has a child with autism spectrum disorder, but children who have difficulty focusing, who are anxious, or who find it challenging to interact with others all benefit.  Frankly, we all do better when we interact with someone who truly tries to understand where we are coming from.

The clip is approximately 12 minutes long, it is well worth watching.  Please pass this along to anyone you know who may benefit.


Moira Sullivan

Moira uses a holistic approach that promotes healthy development in the child while honoring and supporting their relationship with their family and the community. A graduate of San Jose State University, she has advanced training in sensory integration, visual perception and visual-motor integration, DIR Floortime, oral motor rehabilitation, strength and endurance training, and myofascial release.