Masterclass: Play: The Risks and the Benefits

Live Webinar

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

  • Date: 16:00 24 September 2021 (UK time)

  • 2 hours - Live masterclass webinar

  • Includes Certificate of attendance.

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


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

    • How to join the Webinar

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

    • WEBINAR: Masterclass: Play: The Risks and the Benefits - 24 September 2021 4pm to 6pm (UK time)

    • 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


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.

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