Friday, July 24, 2015
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Adelphi University
Ruth S. Harley University Center, Ballroom (2nd Floor)
1 South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

Reimagining Development

Development, far from automatic, has far more potential than ever realized when provided the experiences that support engagement and discovery. New insights from neuroscience confirm each child starts life with his or her unique constellation of how they take in and respond to the world around them and form the relationships which nurture development. Understanding each child’s individual profile, supporting relationships, and promoting emotional and cognitive development are essential. 

The DIR Model conceptualizes how the various components of development interact with each other (developmental functional levels, individual differences in sensory motor processing, and relationships) in order to assess and plan interventions essential for children with emotional regulation, sensory processing and autism spectrum disorders. This presentation will explore some of the myths of development and will focus on symbolic play, the window into emotional development, anxiety, identifying visual spatial challenges often “hidden from sight”, and how to keep engagement on the forefront of parenting and education.

About the Instructor

Serena Wieder, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who has pioneered the foremost approaches to diagnosing and treating infant mental health and developmental disorders from infancy to young adulthood. She is currently the Clinical Director of the Profectum Foundation which offers advanced training to multidisciplinary professionals and parents using a state of art internet platform. Prior to this, she was the co-founder and associate chair of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL), and Director of the DIR Institute. She also serves on the Board of Zero to Three.

Dr. Wieder publishes extensively including Engaging Autism, The Child with Special Needs, and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health,co-authored with the late Stanley Greenspan with whom she developed the DIR model.  They also chaired and edited two diagnostic manuals. She has recently co-authored a new book Visual/Spatial Portals to Thinking, Feeling and Movement with Dr. Harry Wachs, a pioneer of developmental vision cognitive therapy. 

In addition, Dr. Wieder publishes extensively, primarily on DIR theory, assessment and intervention, as well as training.   Her clinical research has focused on early intervention and long term outcome studies on individuals with autism spectrum challenges.

Originally from NY, Dr. Wieder has recently moved back to New York City where she now practices on the Upper West Side offering consultations, assessment and treatment of autistic spectrum and sensory processing disorders.  She lectures nationally and internationally, as well as providing consultation to clinical and educational settings.


Program begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.
Registration from 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Early registration (before July 2, 2015): $105
Regular registration: $115

» Register Online

Credentialing Information and Continuing Education;

New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education credits, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

This program has been approved for a total of 6 continuing education/training/contact hours/credits/units

  • Social work
  • Psychology
  • NBCC
  • Nursing

Adelphi University School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032.


For further information, please contact:

The Institute for Parenting
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