Sally Schmidt, M.S., CCC-SLP & Joan Tabor, M.S.

 Playnguage: Assessing & Facilitating Language Development Through Play Analysis

Play is engaging, limitless, and above all, fun! Many of us know the importance of play skills in child development but we have no way of measuring, describing, or assessing progress of play skills in the children we serve. Through this playful presentation, participants will learn to incorporate elements of play to further children's narrative development and language skills. Whether the clients you serve are 3, 13, or 103, you will come away away with specific techniques to engage your most challenging populations as you support narrative development through the therapeutic use of play.
 About the Presenters

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Sally Schmidt
has just recently begun serving children of all ages in the Pediatric Speech-Language Pathology Department of Marshfield Clinic--Marshfield Center. For the previous 12 years, she supported children and families of Lincoln County through the Merrill Area Public Schools Head Start/Early Childhood Program, a fully-integrated play-based therapeutic environment for low-income or disabled children ages 3-5. She refuses to quit playing with new techniques, ideas and approaches.

Joan Tabor has been supporting children and families in the Merrill Area School District as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher since 1990. She works as a classroom teacher in their Integrated Head Start/Early Childhood Program for low income or disabled children and families.  She also works as the Options Teacher assisting the district in developing a range of options in Least Restrictive Environments for young children with disabilities.   Joan has witnessed firsthand the benefits of using her observations of children’s play in communicating with parents and developing appropriate and successful strategies to support children’s growth.