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Bringing Back Play

presented by Nicole Sergent & Lacy Morise

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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

  • Nicole Sergent, MPT

    Nicole Sergent, MPT is a pediatric physical therapist living and working in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Nicole 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 child's development, particularly through play, is a passion of Nicole's. Out of this passion, Nicole and colleague Lacy Morise, CCC-SLP formed Milestones & Miracles, LLC and authored and produced 1-2-3 Just Play With Me, a developmental tool pairing development with play. The tool is being used by families and early educators/therapists. Sergent and Morise provide continuing education for those working with young children on the importance of play for the young child and its effect on early development. Nicole also enjoys freelance writing on Milestones & Miracles' blog and for other publications that focus on child development.

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  • Lacy Morise, MS, CCC-SLP

    Lacy Morise, MS, CCC/SLP, 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 child's development, particularly through play, is a passion of Lacy's. Out of this passion, Lacy and colleague Nicole Sergent, MPT formed Milestones & Miracles, LLC and authored and produced 1-2-3 Just Play With Me, a developmental tool pairing development with play. The tool is being used by families and early educators/therapists. Morise and Sergent provide continuing education for those working with young children on the importance of play for the young child and its effect on early development.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Evolution of Play

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.