TO LEARN, PLAY TO GROW, PLAY AS ESSENTIAL
FROM DEVELOPMENTAL PLAY THEORY TO PLAY THERAPY
and Discussion- Participants are encouraged to make the workshop more
relevant to their concerns by asking questions.
is on helping adults understand how play
is essential to child development and psychological health.
Play as the child's therapeutic method to process anxiety and
Healthy play as distinguished from compulsive acting out play.
Developmental theory including the development of symbolic play is
made real, understandable, and applicable to your interactions with
Implications for activities and appropriate learning materials, and
for setting the learning environment developmentally and therapeutically,
including seven interest areas foci.
WHY CHILDREN PLAY
Play to Learn & Grow: Exploration & Experimentation
Play to Process Oneself & the World: Assimilation, Mastery,
Relatedness, Expression, Self-Esteem, Conflict, & Well Being
Play as Therapy & Play Therapy
CONCEPT OF DEVELOPMENTAL APPROPRIATENESS
Stages of Development- Example: Cognitive Development- Piaget
Sensorimotor (0-18/24 months); Preoperational (18/24 months-age 7);
Concrete Operations (age 7-12); Formal Operations (12 to adult)
DEVELOPMENT OF SYMBOLIC PLAY
Stages of Symbolic Play: Pre-Pretense, Self-Pretend, Other Pretend,
Other Substitution, Imaginary Objects & Beings,
Sequence No-Story & Sequence Story, Planning
Adult Responses for Facilitating Development of Symbolic Play
Environmentally Based Learning
Indoor Space & Outdoor Space
Roles & Schedules
PLAY ISSUES FOR SPECIFIC STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT
Infant & Toddler Play; Early Childhood Play; Middle Childhood
Adolescent Play (Oh my!) & Adult Play(?)