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  • Session 1
    November 22, 2021
    10:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • Session 2
    November 23, 2021
    10:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Translating Pretend Play Skills in Children From the Clinic to the Classroom

10:00am – 1:30pm (Aust DST)
Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd November 2021

Sydney/Melbourne – 10:00am – 1:30pm (AustDST) Brisbane 9:00am – 12:30pm (AustEST)  Adelaide – 9:30 am–  1:00pm (AustDST)  Darwin – 8:30 am–  12:00noon (AustCST)  Perth – 7:00am – 10:30pm (AustWST)

Occupational therapists and speech pathologists use play as a powerful medium to promote meaningful occupational change with their clients.  Play interventions are able to support children’s development across emotional, social, cognitive and language domains. 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.

Individual play skill development for children with delays or disabilities is critical to strengthen confidence, skills and knowledge. Through establishing collaborative partnerships with parents, day care provides, teachers and schools; therapists can assist in the creation of environments that build on the existing skills and knowledge of the child’s carers and increases their capacity to support children’s individual play skills and play with peers.

Workshop Objectivesthe workshop will provide workshop participants with:

  • A review of skills/knowledge regarding using therapeutic presence to engage children in play
  • an enhanced ability to apply Learn to Play Skills, including review of the underlying theoretical principles as well as strategies to apply Learn to Play principles in small group settings
  • an overview of the principles of engaging parents and strategies to build parental capacity (ie to understand their child’s play and how to engage with and encourage their child to play)
  • strategies to effectively collaborate and work in authentic partnership with day care providers/classroom teachers to create environments that supports play skill development
  • Guidance on how to effectively address challenges in implementing Learn to Play within their service delivery context.

Workshop Delivery

Participants will be responsible for having access to the Internet for some or all of the workshop content.

  • Workshop Manuals participants will be mailed a hard copy of the workshop manual which will include presentation notes covering the online presentation content as well as the case studies used in the interactive components of the presentation sessions.
  • On line presentation – using Zoom videoconferencing, participants will have the opportunity to link into two consecutive weekly presentation sessions (with 30 min break mid-session). Sessions will also include interactive components (ie group discussions, case studies and Q&A sessions) to assist with integrating participants newly acquired knowledge and skills. Participants will need to have access to internet facilities and webcam to ensure that they are able to download and view workshop content, as well as actively participate in the on line group tutorials. Participants will be emailed the link (including password) to the workshop presentation sessions.

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 6 books and has over 130 national and international papers and book chapters published. Her norm referenced standardised play assessment, the Child-Initiated Pretend Play Assessment 2, (revised manual and score sheets) was published in early 2020.. 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 Emeritus Professor at Deakin University.