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Bringing Back Play

presented by Lacy D. Morise, MS, CCC-SLP and Nicole M. Sergent, MPT

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Financial: Nicole M. Sergent and Lacy Morise receive compensation from MedBridge for this course. They are also co-creators of 123 Play with Me child development resource cards and owners of Milestones & Miracles

Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationship exists.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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"This course will be retired and no longer available as of January 11, 2022. Please complete the course by December 31, 2021 to receive credit or look for Purposeful Play for Therapeutic Progress , available in the course catalogue.

It is well established that play is the primary way young children learn and develop, but what happens when society's view on play changes? Play trends and early development suffer when adults change the way they view play, change the environments children play in, and change materials children play with.

In this course, therapists will explore the changing culture of play in current society, including what factors have influenced this change, as well as the evolution of play, and the importance of play in 5 domains of child development (gross motor, fine motor, cognitive, social-emotional, and speech and language). Special attention will be given to sensory development and the role that play has in sensory regulation. With attention to purposeful play, the presenters will model pairing 3 detailed milestones in each of the 5 developmental domains (15 total examples), with hands on, easily reproducible, purposeful play activities that can be incorporated quickly into pediatric practice. The course covers practical strategies for choosing types of toys and materials to meet the goals of each stage of development, recommendations for play spaces, resources that support traditional, developmental play, and the role of the pediatric therapist in becoming an advocate for play.

Meet Your Instructors

Lacy D. Morise, MS, CCC-SLP

Lacy Morise is a pediatric speech-language pathologist working in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Lacy is an independent contractor for the West Virginia Birth to Three program (early intervention) working with children aged 0-3 and their families. The combination of skilled rehabilitation with the educational component of coaching families on shaping their children's development,…

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Nicole M. Sergent, MPT

Nicole Sergent is a pediatric physical therapist living and working in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. With more than 20 years of experience working with children in a variety of settings, Nicole currently works primarily as an independent contractor for the West Virginia Birth to Three program (early intervention) working with children aged 0-3…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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1. Evolution of Play

This chapter will discuss the evolution of play and the regression of available play or children in the US. The chapter will cover how this change affects overall development as well as the factors that have influenced this change.

2. Why Play Matters

This chapter will discuss why play matters and how play and environment affect learning and growth at the brain level. The chapter will discuss Sensory Regulation and relate why play is important to help children regulate the sensory system and for development in the areas of gross motor, fine motor, social-emotional, speech and language, and cognitive.

3. Playing with a Purpose

This chapter will discuss 15 developmental milestones and share practical strategies to link them to learning through purposeful play and the benefits of block play. This chapter will help practitioners create a framework of knowledge that can be used to adapt simple household materials to encourage developmental progression through play.

4. Becoming an Advocate for Play

This chapter will cover examples of toys or materials for specific stages of play development and recommendations for play spaces that foster typical growth and development. The chapter will encourage clinicians to feel empowered about their unique role as an advocate for play as the best form of learning for children.

5. Additional Resources

Find additional resources related to incorporating play into both therapy and child development. Resources include play-doh recipes and articles related to appropriate toys.

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