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 OnAges Birth - 6 Years
- CategoryEarly Childhood, Online
Registration Options and Cost$425 12.0 CTLE or 1.2 CEU
$1,710 1.0 Credits