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Play & Language: The Roots of Literacy



Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from Dr. Westby!

Language, cognitive and social-emotional learning skills are all essential for literacy development and academic success. Research shows that play is the universal activity that blends cognitive, social, emotional, linguistic and motor components. Observing children’s play provides information about their knowledge, views of the world and mastered skills.

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 also learn play practices and play strategies to improve language, cognitive and social-emotional skills, 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, socioeconomic/cultural variations and ESL.


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Product Details
Average Rating:
   4.4
Faculty:
Carol Westby
Duration:
6 Hours 20 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
09 Feb, 2018
Product Code:
POS063325
Media Type:
Digital Seminar
Access:
Never expires.

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Carol Westby's Profile

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PhD, CCC-SLP


CAROL WESTBY, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an internationally-renowned expert on play assessment and development, language-literacy relationships, current play theories, and the development of the four dimensions of play in young children (birth-5 years).

She is a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and holds Specialty Recognition in Child Language. She received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Iowa’s Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, and the ASHA Award for Contributions to Multicultural Affairs.

Dr. Westby began her career in New York where she developed her renowned Play Scale. She has written and implemented projects to support personnel preparation, clinical service, and research, including Project PLAY (Play and Language Attunement in Young Children), that trained caregivers to increase the development of play, theory of mind, and language. Additionally, she has consulted with the New Mexico Preschool for the Deaf, which employs a play-based curriculum.

Dr. Westby has been a visiting professor at Flinders University in South Australia where she worked on a language/literacy curriculum, and at Brigham Young University where she consulted on SEEL, a systematic and engaging emergent literacy program that employs playful practice.

Dr. Westby has published and presented nationally and internationally on play, language-literacy relationships, narrative/expository development and facilitation, theory of mind, assessment and facilitation of written language, metacognition/executive function, and issues in assessment and intervention with culturally/linguistically diverse populations.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Carol Westby is a consultant for Bilingual Multicultural Services. Dr. Westby receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She is the author of numerous chapters and articles, and is published by various publishers including Jones & Bartlett and Pearson.

Non-financial: Carol Westby is the developer of the Westby Play Scale. Dr. Westby is a fellow of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 


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Objectives

  1. Determine how play deficits cause intellectual, social, emotional and physical harm to children.
  2. Articulate the development and interrelationships of cognition, play, language, socialemotional skills and literacy.
  3. Assess a child’s play development and language skills using the Westby Play Scale.
  4. Recommend appropriate activities and strategies to develop young children’s language/ social-emotional/play skills at each level.
  5. Employ play to promote the cognitive, language, social-emotional and self-regulation skills that underlie children’s effective social interactions and literacy comprehension.
  6. Establish how play can facilitate self-regulation, empathy and the foundations for reading comprehension.

Outline

  • Foundations of Cognitive-Play-Literacy Relationship: Frameworks for Assessment and Intervention
    • Dynamic systems theory: integrating nature and nurture theories
    • The World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning
    • A performance competence framework for assessment and intervention
  • Social-Emotional/Cognitive Precursors to Play: Birth-17 months
    • Neurotypical and atypical patterns of social-emotional development
    • Environmental influences on social-emotional development and play
    • Temperamental variations in children
    • Presymbolic play
  • Development of Pretend Play Dimensions (17 months – 5 years): Relationship of Play Dimensions to Language and Literacy
    • Theory of Mind Dimension (understanding thoughts and feelings of self and others)
    • Decontextualization Dimension (reduced use of props in play)
    • Thematic Dimension (from familiar to novel pretend themes)
    • Organization Dimension (sequencing and planning of play)
  • Interventions to Promote Playing to Learn
    • Setting goals for playful learning
    • Promote literate-style language through play
    • Develop phonological awareness skills through playful practices
    • Promote thematic pretend play to develop foundations for language and literacy

Target Audience

Speech-Language Pathologists, Speech-Language Pathology Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Reading Specialists, Head Start Staff, Early Childhood Special Education Staff, Learning Disabilities Specialists, Preschool Teachers, Counselors, Social Workers, Other Helping Professionals who Work with Children (Birth - 5 Years)

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Total Reviews: 1409

Comments

Jennifer D - OMAHA, Nebraska

"I appreciated how Carol Westby engaged the participants in a variety of ways. For example, she started talking about her raising ducks, which was an innovative and attention-getting way of making her point. It helped me refocus on the material and stay engaged (similar to a Brain Break that educators do so often with students). I can't say enough positive things about this learning."

Elaine H - PALMYRA, Virginia

"Excellent!!"

Edith B - CORVALLIS, Oregon

"I requested some handouts that were emailed to me immediately. Thank you!"

Amy S - RENO, Nevada

"None at this time."

Mari Ann J - Indianapolis

"I was very pleased with this course. The speaker was excellent. It was my first experience with a live webinar of this length and my expectations were exceeded."

Meryl R - CHERRY HILL, New Jersey

"I have followed Carol Westby since the early 1980's when I was a student in Graduate School! This was a magnificent presentation! Thank you!"

Deborah A - NEW CANAAN, Connecticut

"Dr. Westby did an excellent job of communicating how important play is to literacy and language development"

Heather J - FLOWER MOUND, Texas

"Worthwhile course! We enjoyed it."

Deborah T - NORTHRIDGE, California

"Excellent presentation! Carol Westby is a superb presenter in every way. Thank you!"

Jessica G - DORCHESTER, Massachusetts

"I was very pleased with this webinar. I have taken webinars in the past where I was not able to see the instructor, making it difficult to pay attention. However, with this webinar it felt as if Carol Westby was in the room with us. I would definitely consider doing another webinar like this. "

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