Making Sense of Play

  • Online course. Immediate access.

  • Open to all.

  • 4.5 hours of content using slides with voice-over, animations, videos, quizzes and many resources to download.

  • Includes Certificate of completion and CPD Points.

  • £49 GBP. 30 day access.


This course provides an overview of theory and the evidence base applicable to the concepts of play and playfulness.  It looks at play from a broad theoretical perspective. 


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • discuss theoretical concepts of play
  • discuss the concept of playfulness
  • discuss the importance of play in executive functioning
  • discuss Bundy's model of playfulness
  • select appropriate assessments to use when assessing play
  • discuss the value and purpose of play
  • discuss the use of play in an ASI frame of reference
  • discuss issues related to risky play
  • discuss features of play in different clinical populations
  • discuss a range of play-based interventions  

Who should complete this course?

Open to all. This course is suitable for qualified health professionals who would like to refresh/update their knowledge on play. 

For students on our SI practitioner pathway, the learning on this course forms part of SI Module 4: Advanced Practice.

Technology requirements

Stable WiFi/Broadband - This is an online course. You cannot download this course. You cannot access it without being connected to WiFi Broadband.

Google Chrome browser (latest version) - You will not be able to view the learning content and assessments properly whilst using other browsers.


What our participants say

Occupational Therapist

Jessamy Chanel

The Making Sense of Play workshop is highly worthwhile to update your knowledge and skills, consolidate your observations and experiences, and provide access to a range of current research. This has been a great course, interactive, stimulating and enjoyable.

Occupational Therapist

Great to refresh yourself on the importance of play and the many different aspects of it and interventions based on using play. I've already shared with colleagues from various professional backgrounds and clinical paediatric areas.


Good knowledgeable introduction to a range of topics related to play. Like that it is broken up into sections that are relatively short. Like having text and spoken content and that it is interactive. Enjoyed having the check the knowledge sections.

Occupational Therapist


It's a lovely introduction to play and a good refresh to keep knowledge up to date.


Good if you want to understand the theories behind play from different viewpoints. Begins to address the need for rigour on studies of SI.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Making Sense of Play

    • A note about downloadable video transcripts

    • Welcome to the course

    • How to engage with the course

    • Introduction to this Course

    • Introduction to Play

    • Play and Playfulness

    • Check Your Learning 1

    • Play and Executive Function

    • Check Your Learning 2

    • Models and Assessments of Play Playfulness

    • The Purpose and Value of Play

    • Check Your Learning 3

    • Sensory Processing and Play

    • Risky Play

    • Check Your Learning 4

    • Play in Different Clinical Populations

    • Play Based Interventions

    • Supports and Barriers

    • Check Your Learning 5

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5 star rating

Very informative

Louise Mckenzie

Great course for lots of settings.

Great course for lots of settings.

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