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About Us

Playing with Blocks

The Center for Developmental Play and Learning (CDPL) was created in March 2007 by Co-founders Patricia Marquart, MFT and Jeanne White, MFT with the intention of providing Developmental, Individual- difference, Relationship-based DIR® services for families who seek developmental support for their child. While the perspective is comprehensive, the services and supports are specific to the child. CDPL appreciates the individual nature of each child’s profile, capacities and interests, and tailors the components of therapy accordingly.

​The DIR/Floortime model is derived from over 50 years of study and research about child development from the fields of psychology, medicine, and education, and includes the areas of language, attention, mental health, attachment, infant development, sensory processing, and motor development. 

There is a growing library of evidence-based research in support of the DIR/Floortime Model.  Click on "Research" to learn more!

The D.I.R. Model

The Developmental, Individual-differences, Relationship-based DIR® model was formulated by Drs. Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder.  Dr. Greenspan was Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at George Washington University Medical School and Chairman of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders. He was also a founding president of Zero to Three: The National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families.

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