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DIR Method and Autism Ranking: Limited positive evidence

Cost and Time

Cost

The costs of using the DIR method will depend to a large extent on the needs of the child, whether professionals provide any kind of support, and whether any training or support materials are purchased.

- Specific programmes

The study by Solomon et al (2104) suggested that the average cost of the Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters (PLAY) Project Home Consultation program – which involves speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and educators - is now between $3500 and $4500 per year per child. 

- Training

The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning website, accessed on 8 March 2016, lists a number of training programmes aimed at parents and professionals including

  • DIR 101: An Introduction to DIR and DIRFloortime:  Professionals $169(live online) and $199(onsite) Parents of Children with Special Needs, Self-Advocates, and College Students: $109 (prices vary)
  • DIR 201: Promoting Basic Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities; Standard Pricing:  $699 (prices vary)
  • DIR 202: Promoting Higher Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities. Standard Pricing:  $789 (prices vary)
  • DIR 204B: Becoming an Expert DIRFloortime Provider: Standard Pricing: $599 (prices vary)

Time

The length and frequency of the intervention will depend on the specific needs of the child.  For example, according to The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning website, accessed on 8 March 2016,

“A comprehensive approach comprises many elements, but the cornerstone is the home Floortime program. For the more severe and challenging problems, six to ten 20 to 30 minute Floortime sessions every day is optimal.”

Updated
31 Oct 2017
Last Review
01 Mar 2016
Next Review
01 Mar 2019