Gilbert M. Foley

Gilbert M. Foley

Biography

Gilbert M. Foley

Biography

Gilbert M. Foley, Ed.D., serves as Consulting Clinical Psychologist at the New York Center for Child Development (NYCCD) in New York City and Co-Clinical Director of the New York City Early Childhood Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) : a collaboration between NYCCD and McSilver Institute, New York University. He is also adjunct professor and Co-Director of the Personnel Preparation Program in Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice at the Adelphi University Institute for Parenting, Garden City, NY.  Dr. Foley is a retired tenured faculty member of Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology where he taught for 20 years in the Department of School-Clinical Child Psychology and coordinated the infancy-early childhood track. As Senior Clinical Supervisor in the Department of Pediatrics at NYU School of Medicine-Bellevue Hospital Center, he was an innovator in the technique of reflective supervision. While serving as the Chief Psychologist in the Pediatric Department of the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Dr. Foley trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and also completed a fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center with the late, Sally Provence M. D. For eleven years Dr. Foley served as the Director and Principle Investigator of the Family Centered Resource Project, a Federally Funded model/demonstration, outreach and technical assistance agency providing training to the infant/early childhood intervention community nationally. Dr. Foley‘s clinical and teaching career has been devoted in large part to working with infants and young children with special needs and their families. He is the author of several books and numerous articles. His most current book with Dr. Jane Hochman, “Mental Health in Early Intervention” is published by Brookes. The Loss-Grief Model developed by Dr. Foley, is the official approach of the Colorado Department of Education parent program. He lectures and consults widely, nationally and internationally, having recently returned from South Africa, China and Prague. He was an invited presenter at the First International Conference on Preschool Education in China sponsored by UNICEF and Nanjing University. Dr. Foley began his career as the psychologist for the Berks County Childcare and Preschool Education Programs of the Berks County Intermediate Unit.

Abstract

Changing the Lens on The Spectrum: Developmental, Parent Mediated, Play as Regulation-Based Intervention

There is a growing body of research supporting developmental, parent-mediated play-based intervention. This presentation introduces the participant to the principles and practices of the Developmental, Individual-difference, Relationship- based (DIR) approach to intervention for children on the spectrum, a pioneering model in parent-mediated, play-based, developmental treatment. The core components of the model will be examined as concept and practice with supporting evidence reviewed.

Play is integral to DIR and will be the focus of a presentation within a presentation. Young children on the spectrum can play and ways to harness play as a treatment modality will be explored. The participant will be introduced to play as a developmental line with an emphasis on play as regulation. Based on a forthcoming article on the topic (Topics in Language Disorders) by this presenter, the concepts of regulation and dysregulation, self-regulation and how symbolic play serves as a rich arena for promoting the development of self-regulation in typical children and children with ASD will be presented as concept and by clinical example. Regulatory challenges in sensory reactivity, affect modulation and grading impulse are all aspects of the spectrum that compromise the functional potential for children with ASD.