(English) Neurodiversity Salon #2

(English) Neurodiversity Salon #2

DIR/Floortime® workshop "How is it different from ABA? How do we get started?”

June 19, 2022 - 10:00-12:00JST

※ Hybrid event, admission FREE (pre-registration required via Peatix).

After the first event, many people expressed an interest in learning more about the DIR/Floortime® educational method for autism spectrum disorders.

Therefore, at the second Neurodiversity Salon, we have invited Ms. Colette Ryan, an expert therapist and training leader at ICDL, an education and training organization for DIR/Floortime®, to give a lecture on the differences between ABA and DIR/Floortime®.

DIR/Floortime® is not designed to promote normalization as is the case with standardized development. DIR/Floortime® is about honoring and respecting the beauty and uniqueness of each child and helping them grow and develop. DIR/Floortime® takes pride in and strives to understand the unique aspects of each child, helping them to flourish along their individual neurodiverse path. It is an approach that can be used in therapy, home, childcare, education, workplace, and care settings.

<About Colette Ryan>

Colette Ryan is an expert level therapist and training leader for ICDL. She has a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She is an Infant Mental Health Fellow at Montclair State University, a PhD student at Fielding University, and is a New York State endorsed Infant Family Specialist.

She has been an educator in the field of Autism for over 30 years and has worked with individuals of all ages along with their families for most of those years. Colette Ryan has spoken at several conferences on topics including infant massage, grief in the young child, discipline, play, and child development, she has been a speaker at the many DIR/Floortime® conferences, including the 2018 DIR/Floortime® Conference in Kiev.

Currently Colette is an Expert Level Therapist at the ICDL Institute in Livingston NJ, and world traveler, bring DIR/Floortime® to children and families everywhere!

<From moderator Aki Oba>

I had the opportunity to sit in on a therapy session with Colette Ryan.

Although play begins without a plan, I was surprised to see how Colette always observes the child's condition and draws out the best practices for the day. She played while reading the child's tension and motivation, which changed from minute to minute, through facial expressions, breathing, and physical details.

The key points of involvement are Affect, Gesture, Intonation, Latency, and Engagement. We hope that by learning from Colette's workshop, you will become a partner in play that will excite your child.

*The event will be held in English with Japanese consecutive translation.


  • Colette Ryan (Expert Training Leader DIR/Floortime® Certificate)

Admission: Free. Pre-Registration required via Peatix.

Event Format: Hybrid. Available both Online (Zoom Webinar) and On-site*.

On-site Location: Co-working Space “Pangaea”

10F Shibuya Parco DG Building, 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Hosted by: Neurodiversity K.K.

Supported by: Digital Garage, Inc., Natural Smile Japan, Inc., Machino Research Institute, Inc.

* This event will be held with precautionary measures against COVID-19. Also, in case of unavoidable circumstances, some content and speakers may be changed. We thank you for your understanding.