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Play with a Purpose: Effective Play-Based Therapy & Early Child Development

Professionals working in early childhood (birth to age 5) likely recognize the therapeutic potential of play, but creating effective, play-based therapy sessions for this age range can be a challenge. It requires creativity, flexibility, and an understanding of how play impacts development. Too often, therapy becomes rigid and unengaging, because young children learn best through relevant and meaningful play - not through direct instruction, drill work, or flash cards. Play-based therapy is so much more than just playing with toys, though — it requires play with a purpose, creatively embedding strategies into naturally occurring experiences in order to maximize outcomes. In this highly engaging recording, learn to apply a fresh approach to working with young children and their caregivers by promoting cognitive, language, physical, and social-emotional development through child-directed, adult-guided play experiences.
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Faculty:
Cari Ebert
Duration:
5 Hours 57 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Jan 24, 2018

Description

Professionals working in early childhood (birth to age 5) likely recognize the therapeutic potential of play, but creating effective, play-based therapy sessions for this age range can be a challenge. It requires creativity, flexibility, and an understanding of how play impacts development. Too often, therapy becomes rigid and unengaging, because young children learn best through relevant and meaningful play - not through direct instruction, drill work, or flash cards. Play-based therapy is so much more than just playing with toys, though — it requires play with a purpose, creatively embedding strategies into naturally occurring experiences in order to maximize outcomes. In this highly engaging recording, learn to apply a fresh approach to working with young children and their caregivers by promoting cognitive, language, physical, and social-emotional development through child-directed, adult-guided play experiences.

Handouts

Outline

OVERVIEW OF PLAY
  • Definitions of play
  • Common societal myths about learning and play
  • Developmental benefits of play
  • Play as the foundation for learning and development
  • Connection between neuroscience and play
TYPES OF PLAY
  • Active play vs. passive entertainment
  • Child-directed play vs. adult-directed play
  • Object play vs Social play
TOYS — TOOLS FOR LEARNING
  • How toys can enhance development
  • What kinds of toys are tools for learning
  • Why low-tech toys are best for young children with special needs
  • Natural activities to promote development in the home
PLAY-BASED ASSESSMENT
  • Standardized testing vs. functional play-based assessment
    • Why play based assessment works
  • Assessing the whole child across the 5 domains
  • Application
    • Play-based assessment guide
    • Case studies and discussion
PLAY-BASED THERAPY
  • Recognizing the value of child-directed play
  • Keeping therapy natural and functional
  • How to play with a purpose
  • Relationship-based learning
  • Partnering with parents and caregivers

Faculty

Play with a Purpose: Effective Play-Based Therapy & Early Child Development

Cari Ebert, MS, CCC-SLP, Related seminars and products: 2


CARI EBERT, MS, CCC-SLP, is a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist in private practice in the Kansas City, Missouri area. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa and Master of Science degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. For 20 years, Ms. Ebert has served as a therapist, consultant, and a nationally recognized speaker.

She works with young children, ages birth to five, and their families and believes that early intervention is the key to future success. She has dedicated her career to helping young children achieve their maximum potential with speech, language, and social development. Ms. Ebert's son has autism spectrum disorder and apraxia, allowing her to engage this topic, both as a clinician and a parent of a child with special needs. She embraces the coaching model of service delivery and empowers parents to help their child develop. Ms. Ebert presents evidence-based, clinically-relevant information regarding early child development. Whether you are a pediatric therapist or an early childhood educator, you will benefit from the fun, effective therapy solutions found in her seminars.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Cari Ebert is the owner of Summit Speech Therapy, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Cari Ebert is a parent of a child with special needs.