Learn to Play Therapy aims to develop the capacity in children to self-initiate their own pretend play. Being able to play is essential to children because through play children learn about themselves and their world. Pretend play is complex play and research evidence has shown that children who develop more complex levels of pretend play increase in their abilities in social competence, narrative language, language, self-regulation, creativity, and problem solving. This workshop would be valuable to therapists, early childhood teachers, social workers, psychologists and early intervention workers who work with families with children under 8 years of age who
have a developmental delay.
The ChIPPA is a unique assessment that provides information on the quality of a child’s ability to self-initiate pretend play for children aged 3 to 7 years 11 months. A ChIPPA assessment also provides information on how a child functions and organises him or herself. The self-initiation of pretend play is not routinely assessed even though information relating to a child’s level of complexity in play provides valuable information that can be inferred for the child’s language, narrative and social competence (based on the validity studies of the ChIPPA). The ChIPPA is a norm referenced assessment of a child’s ability to self-initiate play.