Current Course Schedule

The Spectrum of Play and Play On the Spectrum: Through Diy/ Floor Time Lens (birth -6 Years)

Play is the portal through which young children are afforded access to a vast array of developmental opportunities. This course presents the developmental spectrum of play and the manner in which play supports the formation of self-regulation, is self-curative, and contains an unwritten curriculum with no need for imposed tasks, which will be examined as concept and practice. The second portion of the course examines how the play of children on the autistic spectrum is both alike and different from typically developing children and the impact of sensory and motor processing variations on the achievement of the developmental competencies of play. How to employ the Developmental-Individual Difference-Relationship Model (DIR/Floortime) to progress play with children on the spectrum will be a core feature. Attention will be given to how to support the developmental play journey in order to expand and symbolize the full range of emotions and understand what is real or not, what is safe or not, and to regulate anxiety and behavior. All will incorporate a parent-mediated approach. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to discuss challenges you may encounter related to children with whom you are working. The relationship between the material being presented and the current pandemic, as well as the use of play for both expressing and working through trauma, will be addressed.
  • Focus On
    Ages Birth - 6 Years
  • Category
    Early Childhood, Online
  • Registration Options and Cost
    $425 12.0 CTLE or 1.2 CEU
    $1,710 1.0 Credits


Summer 2 2021

  • Section 01: August 4, August 5
    • Gilbert Foley
      Gilbert Foley
      Gilbert Foley, EdD, is associate professor of School/Child Clinical Psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University, New York, NY, and Consulting Clinical Director of the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and Treatment Program of the New York Center for Child Development. He is co-author of “The Cognitive Observation Guide” and “The Attachment-Separation-Individual Scale,” Using the Supportive Play Model (Teacher’s College Press, 1995) and, most recently, with Dr. Jane Hochman, Mental Health in Early Intervention: Achieving Unity in Principle and Practice (Brookes, 2006). Mr. Foley earned his EdD in School and Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He graduated magna cum laude with a BA in psychology from Albright College in Reading, PA.