Neuropsychologist’s Experience with the DIRFloortime Concept. A Clinical Case Report



The article analyzes the experience of the joint work of a speech therapist and a neuropsychologist using the DIRFloortime concept on a clinical case of a boy L., 3.5 years of age. The following tasks were solved during the sessions: the child’s advancement along the first stages of functional emotional development, taking into account his individual characteristics; work with the family: establishing a partnership, teaching the family members the basics of the DIRFloortime approach. As a result of the sessions, the child’s understanding of speech and implementation of instructions have significantly improved; he started using meaningful words and phrases for communication; his emotional and non-verbal repertoire expanded, the boy learned to play simple games with rules with an adult.

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Keywords: DIRFloortime concept, autism spectrum disorders, neuropsychological correction, stages of functional and emotional development, emotional tuning

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Shishkina S.A. Neuropsychologist’s Experience with the DIRFloortime Concept. A Clinical Case Report. Autizm i narusheniya razvitiya = Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2019. Vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 87–96. DOI: 10.17759/autdd.2019170207.

Information About the Authors

Svetlana A. Shishkina, Neuropsychologist, “RecheTsvetik” Floortime Center, Shishkina , , , Ivanteevka, Russia. E-mail:, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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