Lecture and Discussion- Participants are encouraged to make the workshop more relevant to their concerns by asking questions.
Focus is on helping adults understand how play is essential to child development and psychological health. Play as the child's therapeutic method to process anxiety and frightening experiences. Healthy play as distinguished from compulsive acting out play. Developmental theory including the development of symbolic play is made real, understandable, and applicable to your interactions with your children. Implications for activities and appropriate learning materials, and for setting the learning environment developmentally and therapeutically, including seven interest areas foci.
SUMMARY OF CONTENT:
1. WHY CHILDREN PLAY
Play to Learn & Grow: Exploration & Experimentation
Play to Process Oneself & the World: Assimilation, Mastery,
Relatedness, Expression, Self-Esteem, Conflict, & Well Being
Play as Therapy & Play Therapy
2. CONCEPT OF DEVELOPMENTAL APPROPRIATENESS
Stages of Development- Example: Cognitive Development- Piaget