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 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.
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 dynamics, 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.
Updated bios of our OT and SLP team coming soon!
JOHN BALSEY, F.A., COVT
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.