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
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.