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Development Disorders Clinic

We understand how hard it is when your child is diagnosed with a developmental disorder. We have experts trained in a research-based approach that offers hope for the long term outcome of children diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), global development delay, and other disorders attributed to relating and communicating.

The approach is called Developmental, Individual-Difference, Relationship-Based (DIR®/Floortime). CommuniCare co-founder, Cindy Harrison, Speech Language Pathologist, was one of the first clinicians in Canada to be certified in DIR/Floortime. Our Development Disorders Clinic is one of a handful in Canada offering the treatment, which we refer to as "Floortime." We provide Floortime consultation, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology in our DIR Clinic.

Developmental and neuroscience research reveals children diagnosed with ASD have compromised emotional interactions and disordered neural pathways. Floortime is based on this research and creates opportunities to master emotional development which is the foundation for relating, communicating and thinking.

  • The "Developmental" part of the model helps a child relate to others, communicate, problem-solve, play creatively, and master academic skills

  • Individual-Difference describes the unique, biological-based aspects of how a child interprets and responds to the world around him or her

  • Relationship-Based describes the relationships of family, caregivers, peers, and educators - tailored to the Individual-Differences of the child - to help him/her master essential relating and communicating skills

The CommuniCare team constructs a therapeutic approach based on your child's uniqueness rather than following a standard program designed for children with the same diagnosis. Your child has a uniquely developing mind; your child is a class of one. Floortime involves a team approach including speech language pathologists and occupational therapists to address fine motor challenges, cross motor challenges and sensory process integration. The role of parents, caregivers and family members is emphasized because of the importance of their emotional relationships with the child.

More information on Floortime is available at

DIR is a registered trademark and Floortime is a trademark of The Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders.

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