The Floortime Center

ABOUT Us

OUR STORY

Our Story

Dr. Stanley Greenspan had always wanted there to be a clinic that specialized in only providing DIR based services, especially The Greenspan Floortime Approach. He had wanted this clinic to uphold his standards of his DIR Model, and to make sure that families could get the comprehensive support they needed to successfully implement The Greenspan Floortime Approach at home.

Having no interest in running a clinic himself he approached his son, Jake Greenspan and Tim Bleecker to collaborate and start the clinic themselves. For over a year the three of them planned and developed every aspect of what the ideal clinic would be like. In 2004 The Floortime Center in Bethesda, Maryland, known then as DIR Support Services, opened its doors.

Since the start of The Floortime Center in 2004, Jake Greenspan and Tim Bleecker, it’s founder and co-director, have worked with over 1000 families, and have presented 1 to 4-day workshops for dozens of health and educational organizations. In addition to providing The Greenspan Floortime Approach, they have expanded their clinic to include Intensive Social Programs, Sensory Integration/Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Pathology, Visuo-Cognitive Therapy, and Feeding Therapy. 

To this day the Floortime Center remains the only clinic in the world to be planned and developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan that provides the Greenspan Floortime Approach. It is our goal to continue Dr. Greenspan’s legacy and provide the highest quality “Greenspan” services.

our Mission

At The Floortime Center®, we are dedicated to using Dr. Greenspan’s model and intervention within all of our services to achieve his developmental goals while providing comprehensive child-centered programs.
When making decisions and designing programs we follow three core principles…

1. What is best for the child and what is best for the family.
2. A comprehensive Greenspan Floortime program must integrate it’s principles within a therapy program, as well as at home by parents. This ensures maximum benefits and generalization.
3. All learning experiences; academic, social, and therapeutic must be based on encouraging “THINKING”, not adult lead teaching or memorization.

Meet our Team

DIRECTOR

JAKE GREENSPAN

Jake is a graduate of Kenyon College, started working with his father, Dr. Stanley Greenspan in 1998. Together they authored the Functional Emotional Developmental Questionnaire which was published
in the Journal of Developmental and Learning Disorders, 2002. He also worked with many of Dr. Greenspan’s colleagues, specifically in the areas of visual-spatial, motor, and social skills, as well as Interactive Metronome training.
His work included teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at a school specializing in learning differences. During this time he also worked with children with a range of developmental and learning challenges using Floortime. Since 1998 Jake worked with Dr. Greenspan, present workshops on the DIR/Floortime model, and help families as the co-director of The Floortime Center. In 2017 Jake authored The Floortime Manual™, and in 2009 he was the co-author, with Dr. Stanley Greenspan, of Overcoming ADHD: Helping Your Child Become Calm, Engaged, and Focused. He is currently on the Board for All The Difference Inc., a Floortime non-profit in Wilmington DE, and is a Founding Member of Creative Minds International Public Charter School.

DIRECTOR

TIM BLEECKER

Tim is a graduate of Kenyon College and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Infancy and Early Childhood Mental Health and Development Disorders Program. For over a decade Tim has worked with Dr. Stanley Greenspan and his colleagues. He was fortunate to have seven years of personal mentorship by Dr. Greenspan in areas such as emotional development, family Tim Bleeckerdynamics, and intervention. He has also been trained by specialists in occupational, speech and visuo-cognitive therapy.

Tim has worked with many families and children with a wide range of developmental and learning challenges using the Floortime approach. He continues to travel domestically and internationally hosting trainings and presenting at conferences on a wide variety of topics affecting families with children with special needs. Tim has a passion for the Floortime model and enjoys seeing the growth the children and parents make using this wonderful approach.
F.A., COVT

JOHN BALSEY

John has worked as a visuo-cognitive therapist since 2003, and has been with The Floortime Center since 2011. Trained by Dr. Harry Wachs, O.D., a pioneer in vision therapy, John works to integrate “adult-oriented” visual goals within a Floortime-based “child-oriented” approach that is fun, engaging, and developmentally appropriate. As visual skills are a critical developmental milestone, John aims to educate parents and professionals about vision and its impacts on learning, emotion, body awareness, and thinking. When not in the office, John enjoys playing music, camping, and spending time with family.
Lead FLOORTIMEr

MARC TOUREILLE

Marc Toureille is a trained Floortime Specialist and certified RPM Therapist. Marc is well versed in Floortime and has been working at The Floortime Center for three years in social groups, one on one Floortime sessions, and home-based Floortime sessions. Marc is also certified at RPM (Rapid Prompt Method) and facilitated communication by the creator of RPM Therapy, Soma Mukhopadhyay. In both therapies, Marc has worked with children varying in diagnosis and functioning development levels. Marc is also familiar with Music Therapy as he is a musician and has worked as a Music Therapist at The Spot Children’s Center.

Marc has been working with children with special needs for 8 years and starting out working at the Sheppard Pratt run programs, The Oakmont School and The Frost School. Marc became passionate about Floortime Therapy while working with a family whose child attended the center. Marc quickly showed a natural talent for developing a child’s skills through Floortime Therapy and began working at the Floortime Center. Marc is dedicated to unlocking every child’s full potential putting them on a path to be successful.
OTD, OTR/L

Dr. Erin Harrington

I received my undergraduate degree in psychology from The University of Pittsburgh and after graduation worked as an inpatient feeding specialist in Pittsburgh, PA. It was in this role that I often co-treated with OTs and I realized they were having all the fun! I then went on to receive my doctorate in occupational therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. After moving to Washington DC I am thankful that I found The Floortime Center as the work I do here is so meaningful to me. Providing client directed care that is motivating, engaging, and fun is exactly why I got into OT!
M.S., CCC-SLP

Sophia Coste

Sophia received her Master’s of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Loyola University Maryland in 2016. She began her career working as a speech-language pathologist and developmental therapist for Washington, DC’s early intervention program, coaching families of infants and toddlers with speech, language, and developmental delays and disorders throughout the nation’s capital. Her primary focus is in pediatric intervention, working with children of various ages with a range of communication needs, including speech and language delays, receptive-expressive language disorders, phonological/speech production disorders, and social-pragmatic communication disorders secondary to Autism Spectrum Disorder. Sophia is trained in the Natural Learning Acquisition (NLA) framework, an approach used for treating immediate and delayed echolalia (scripting). Sophia’s mission is to empower families to encourage and nourish their children’s strengths and to manage and overcome their children’s communication challenges through an individualized and compassionate approach with a social-emotional focus.
M.A., CCC-SLP

Alexandra (Alex) Sullivan

Alex grew up in Baltimore, MD and completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in speech-language pathology at University of Maryland, College Park. She’s spent 10 years working as an SLP with learning disabled students in DC schools. Alex holds certification in a variety of reading interventions designed to help struggling readers including Wilson and Visualizing and Verbalizing. Her focus is on developing a safe foundation with all of her students that builds on trust to help gain confidence in the power of using their own voice and words. Alex is a mom to a 6 year old boy who attends his neighborhood DCPS school. She enjoys exploring nature, hanging out with her pets, taking her son to the skatepark and she LOVES her days spent working with the kiddos at Floortime
M.S., CCC-SLP

Erin

Originally from Ohio, but now calls the DMV home! Before becoming an occupational therapist, Erin was a performer who sang on an international cruise ship and did a national tour. After deciding she no longer wanted to live out of her suitcase, she discovered the career of occupational therapy. She loves working with the pediatric population and being a part of their journey on this wild ride of life!

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THE FLOORTIME CENTER STORY 

Jake Greenspan and Tim Bleecker, the founders and co-directors of The Floortime Center®, were directly trained and mentored by Dr. Stanley Greenspan for over 10 years. Since 2004 they have worked with over 2000 families, and have presented 1 to 4 day workshops for dozens of health and educational organizations.

We follow the very strict guidelines that Stanley Greenspan MD trained us with, and also outlined in his many books, radio shows, and conferences. All of our staff received intensive onsite training in The Greenspan Floortime Approach.

JAKE GREENSPAN – DIRECTOR
Jake is a graduate of Kenyon College, started working with his father, Dr. Stanley Greenspan in 1998. Together they authored the Functional Emotional Developmental Questionnaire which was publishedIMG_2546

in the Journal of Developmental and Learning Disorders, 2002. He also worked with many of Dr. Greenspan’s colleagues, specifically in the areas of visual-spatial, motor, and social skills, as well as Interactive Metronome training.

His work included teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at a school specializing in learning differences. During this time he also worked with children with a range of developmental and learning challenges using Floortime. Since 1998 Jake worked with Dr. Greenspan, present workshops on the DIR/Floortime model, and help families as the co-director of The Floortime Center. In 2017 Jake authored The Floortime Manual™, and in 2009 he was the co-author, with Dr. Stanley Greenspan, of Overcoming ADHD: Helping Your Child Become Calm, Engaged, and Focused. He is currently on the Board for All The Difference Inc., a Floortime non-profit in Wilmington DE, and is a Founding Member of Creative Minds International Public Charter School.

Contact: jake@thefloortimecenter.com

TIM BLEECKER – DIRECTOR
Tim is a graduate of Kenyon College and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Infancy and Early Childhood Mental Health and Development Disorders Program. For over a decade Tim has worked with Dr. Stanley Greenspan and his colleagues. He was fortunate to have seven years of personal mentorship by Dr. Greenspan in areas such as emotional development, family Tim Bleeckerdynamics, and intervention. He has also been trained by specialists in occupational, speech and visuo-cognitive therapy.

Tim has worked with many families and children with a wide range of developmental and learning challenges using the Floortime approach. He continues to travel domestically and internationally hosting trainings and presenting at conferences on a wide variety of topics affecting families with children with special needs. Tim has a passion for the Floortime model and enjoys seeing the growth the children and parents make using this wonderful approach.

contact: tim@thefloortimecenter.com

Updated bios of our OT and SLP team coming soon!

JOHN BALSEY, F.A., COVT

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John has worked as a visuo-cognitive therapist since 2003, and has been with The Floortime Center since 2011.  Trained by Dr. Harry Wachs, O.D., a pioneer in vision therapy, John works to integrate “adult-oriented” visual goals within a Floortime-based “child-oriented” approach that is fun, engaging, and developmentally appropriate.  As visual skills are a critical developmental milestone, John aims to educate parents and professionals about vision and its impacts on learning, emotion, body awareness, and thinking.   When not in the office, John enjoys playing music, camping, and spending time with family.

MARC TOUREILLE – FLOORTIME SPECIALIST & RPM THERAPIST
Marc Toureille is a trained Floortime Specialist and certified RPM Therapist. Marc is well versed in Floortime and has been working at The Floortime Center for three years in social groups, one on one Floortime sessions, and home-based Floortime sessions. Marc is also certified at RPM (Rapid Prompt Method) and facilitated communication by the creator of RPM Therapy, Soma Mukhopadhyay. In both therapies, Marc has worked with children varying in diagnosis and functioning development levels. Marc is also familiar with Music Therapy as he is a musician and has worked as a Music Therapist at The Spot Children’s Center.

Marc has been working with children with special needs for 8 years and starting out working at the Sheppard Pratt run programs, The Oakmont School and The Frost School. Marc became passionate about Floortime Therapy while working with a family whose child attended the center. Marc quickly showed a natural talent for developing a child’s skills through Floortime Therapy and began working at the Floortime Center. Marc is dedicated to unlocking every child’s full potential putting them on a path to be successful.