Building Social-Emotional Skills and Self-Regulation
Cognitive, social, emotional, linguistic and motor components are blended together by one universal activity — PLAY! And without it, developing children may encounter intellectual, social, emotional and physical harm.
Join internationally-renowned expert on play assessment and language-literacy, Carol Westby, PhD, CCC-SLP in our NEW online course, Play & Language, as she teaches you firsthand, how to effectively use her 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, she will help you discover current play theories and personal narrative skills to improve children's language, literacy, cognition, social-emotional skills, self-regulation, self-identity and problem-solving.
Through videos and case examples you will learn interventions using playful practices and fictional stories or life stories for children with learning disabilities, autism, and socio-economic/cultural variations influencing their early language, play, and literacy development.
Walk away with advanced techniques to:
- Integrate the role of play in self-regulation.
- Develop playful practice approaches to emergent literacy.
- Assess fictional and personal narratives, considering cultural influences.
- Expand children's ability to make inferences by relating emotions and mental states to events.
- And so much more!
- Advance phonological skills and comprehension for emergent literacy using playful practice
- Encourage the interactions essential for social-emotional development
- Facilitate children’s understanding of the temporal, cause-effect, and social relationships that exist in the world and that are critical for comprehension of social and academic interactions
- Stimulate language for interpersonal communication and abstract reasoning
- Nurture children’s ability to interpret and respond appropriately to the needs, desires, and roles of others and to use this knowledge to infer the thoughts of others
- Promote children’s ability to organize and monitor their own behaviour so they can become independent, self-motivated learners
- Reminiscing to promote autobiographical memory
- Vocabulary for mental state/emotion words and the syntactic patterns needed to express relationships between events and mental states/emotions
- How settings influence characters and events in stories
- Building narrative plots
- How the physical and psychological attributes of characters in stories affect their nature and behaviours
- Supporting students in making narrative inferences
Carol Westby, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a consultant for Bilingual Multicultural Services, Inc. (BMSI) in Albuquerque, NM and holds an affiliate position in Communication Disorders at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. She has developed a clinical decision tree for assessing fictional narrative development. At BMSI, Dr. Westby is working with staff to document the developmental stages of autobiographical narratives in preschool and elementary school children and promote the emergence and development of life stories in adolescents as a way to promote self-regulation and self-determination. She has published and presented nationally and internationally on narrative and expository development and facilitation, theory of mind, metacognition/executive function, language-literacy relationships, and issues in assessment and intervention with culturally/linguistically diverse populations.
Dr. Westby is a fellow of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) 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, the ASHA Award for Contributions to Multicultural Affairs and the honours of ASHA (2007).
Financial: Carol Westby is an author for Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Pearson Publishers and has received an honorarium for her submissions. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Carol Westby has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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