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L'Aqua, Rooftop Level, Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney, NSW, 2000
  • Module 1
    February 19, 2020
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Module 2
    February 20, 2020 - February 21, 2020
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Module 1 & 2
    February 19, 2020 - February 21, 2020
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Play has always been part of learning and growing, as well as providing enjoyment and fun. Play is an important measure of children’s development, as it encompasses emotional, social, cognitive and language aspects. Research has indicated a significant relationship between the quality of children’s pretend play during the preschool years, and their cognitive skills, social skills, language, literacy, and problem-solving ability in early primary school and beyond.

This workshop will be provided in two modules.

Module one (one day) will provide therapists with an ability to “refresh” or gain knowledge with regard to understanding “typical” play deficits seen in children and the assessment of a child’s play development (including use of the Pretend Play Enjoyment Developmental Checklist). This workshop will be practical with case studies to illustrate examples of how play can be understood during assessment. The Animated Movie Test will also be included for those who work with older children.

Module two (two days) through the use of case studies, participants will be provided with a clinical reasoning framework based on an advanced understanding of the Learn to Play Therapy, as well as skills/strategies to implement intervention programmes for a variety of clinical groups/clinical environments. Units covered include:

  • Play and Autism
    • Play in Schools (ie developing early literacy skills and linking play to the National Curriculum)
    • Transdisciplinary Play intervention
    • Play with children with a history of Trauma/Abuse.

* Participants will be able to attend a three-day workshop combining Modules one and two. Or alternatively if participants have previously attended a Developing Effective Play Skills in Children workshop, they will be able to opt to attend Module two only.

This workshop is suitable for both occupational therapists and speech pathologists.

Arrival tea/coffee, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided. Attendees will also be provided with a workshop folder containing their participant notes for the workshop.

About the Presenter  Karen Stagnitti graduated with a Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland in 1977. Since this time she has mainly worked in early childhood intervention programs in community based settings as part of a multidisciplinary team. In 2003 she graduated from LaTrobe University with a Doctor of Philosophy. Her area of research is children’s play. Karen has written 5 books and has over 90 national and international papers and book chapters published. Her norm referenced standardised play assessment, the Child-Initiated Pretend Play Assessment, was published in 2007. She  worked as Professor (Personal Chair) in the Occupational Science and Therapy program and taught into the Master of Child Play Therapy at Deakin University, Victoria until December 2018. She is now Honorary Professor at Deakin University

Event Location


L'Aqua, Rooftop Level, Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney, NSW, 2000

How to Get There:

  • Via Bus – Take a bus to the Queen Victorian Building (QVB) and walk down Market Street towards Darling Harbour.
  • Via Train  -Alight at Town Hall Station and then walk down Druitt Street
  • Via Taxi or Car  – can be dropped off at Cockle Bay Wharf (look for the black canvas awning) in Wheat Road
  • Via Light Rail – alight at the Pyrmont Bay stop and walk towards the city across Pyrmont Bridge
  • Via Ferry – Catch a Sydney Ferry at Circular Quay and alight at Sydney Aquarium

Suggested Parking:

  • Darling Park Car Park – 201 Sussex St Sydney. Fees are: Early Bird (Monday – Friday): $27.00; Weekend: $15.00 flat rate (or online discount $23 or $12 respectively at  wilsonparking.com.au)


L’Aqua Function Centre is only a short distance from many accommodation options within the Sydney CBD.