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Play & Language: The Roots of Literacy
February 21 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm MST
Join Dr. Westby as you learn about the vital relationship between the dimensions of play, social-emotional functioning, language and literacy. Learn firsthand, how to effectively use the Westby Play Scale – a tool that offers a way to evaluate all young children’s (birth-5 years) symbolic play skills. Supported by 40 years of evidence-based research and organized by developmental level, this tool will breakdown the milestones children should be achieving with their play and language. You will learn play practices and play strategies to improve language, cognitive and social-emotional skills, which are essential for literacy development and academic success, including:
- Higher-level thinking, problem-solving and creativity
- Advancing language skills and text comprehension
- Awareness of temporal, cause-effect and social relationships
- Motivation, self-regulation and empathy
- Interpreting and responding appropriately to the needs, desires, and roles of others
These intervention activities will work for all young children, but special focus will be given to interventions for children with language learning disabilities, autism, socio-economic/cultural variations and ESL. Observing children’s play provides information about their knowledge, view of the world and mastered skills.