DIR ® / Floortime ™ aims to help improve children’s social interaction and communication skills through play. This therapy approach involves lots of playtime between adult and child on the floor. Parents and carers are specifically trained to continue therapy activities each day in the home environment.

Number of participation hours required each week

Under 20 20+
Parents to be trained to undertake sessions 2 to 5 hours per day / 3 to 4 times per week plus sessions with a therapist where required.

Cost of intervention per week

$0-$30 $30 – $80 $80 – $100 $100 – $120 $120 +
Fees include therapist consultations and parent training expenses.

Home, Clinic, or both?

Home-based Clinic or centre-based Both or it doesn’t matter.
Possible pros of this intervention Possible cons of this intervention
Increased parent involvement can reduce therapy visits and cost.
Claims to promote social, emotional, and intellectual development.
Specific training is required for therapists.
High demand and time requirement on parents.
High cost involved to undergo training in this method.