Masterclass: Play: The Risks and the Benefits

Recording of Live Webinar

  • Open to all. Intermediate level. Interested therapists and other professionals.

  • 2 hours - Live masterclass webinar

  • Includes Certificate of completion.

  • £25 GBP - includes access to the recorded webinar for 30 days.

Overview

Play is the primary occupation of children and its benefits are incontestable. When they play, children develop skills and an identity; they learn what they can do and that there are many right ways to solve a problem. 

Children who engage in “risky play” seem more capable of risk-taking in everyday life (e.g., crossing the road safely).  But play is a paradox; it is often defined as an activity done simply for its own sake. And yet therapists most commonly use play as a medium for intervention rather than promoting it as a valued occupation. 

In this class, we will grapple with play as a paradox and consider how and why we might promote children’s engagement in play as an occupation. We’ll place particular emphasis on “risky play”. 


Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Define play and its benefits, with a special emphasis on “risky play”
  • Consider the focus of play in their own practice and determine whether there is a need to re-focus

Course curriculum

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    Masterclass: Play: The Risks and the Benefits

    • In preparation for Play: The Risks & Benefits, please think about how you answer these questions

    • Recording of Live Webinar

    • Course Notes

    • Adulterated play’: 1 an empirical discussion surrounding adults’ involvement with children’s play in the primary school playground

    • Assessment of Play and Leisure: Delineation of the Problem

    • Expectations and Assumptions: Examining the Influence of Staff Culture on a Novel School-Based Intervention to Enable Risky Play for Children with Disabilities

Lecturer

Professor and Department Head, Sc.D., OT/L, FAOTA, FOTARA Occupational Therapy

Professor Anita Bundy

Professor Department Head, Department of Occupational Therapy, Colorado State University. Anita Bundy has more than 40 years of experience as an occupational therapy practitioner, researcher, and educator. She returned to Colorado in early 2016 after spending 13 years in Sydney, Australia. She is probably best known for Sensory Integration: Theory and Practice, the textbook she co-edited with Dr. Shelly Lane and for her work in assessing and promoting play. She has taught sensory integration and play content to therapists and others working with children on 5 continents and has more than 200 publications. Anita lives in Estes Park Colorado with her partner and two cats. She enjoys hiking, biking, and cooking. She is trying to relearn backcountry skiing after having lived in Australia for such a long time.

Reviews

4 star rating

Great

Rowena Jasper

5 star rating

Risks and benefit of play.

Ian Mwangi

Informative and thought provoking

Informative and thought provoking

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5 star rating

Amazing

Krutika Shah

Love to learn something new again

Love to learn something new again

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5 star rating

Thankful to have joined this class

Meiling Lee

I am so thankful to have joined this class. The theory about play just the same with my perspective of play. I have worked over ten years at this field as an...

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I am so thankful to have joined this class. The theory about play just the same with my perspective of play. I have worked over ten years at this field as an educator at my country. Always held the same way. Thank you so much.

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Lisa Payne

Fantastic - October 2021.

Fantastic - October 2021.

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great

Michelle Van Rooyen

wonderful presentation - meaningful and utterly relevant. Nemo references powerful to remember concepts - thank you so much Anita !

wonderful presentation - meaningful and utterly relevant. Nemo references powerful to remember concepts - thank you so much Anita !

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