Learn to Play therapy aims to facilitate the spontaneous pretend play ability of children who find it difficult to play. In this 1-day course you will learn the development of pretend play, why pretend play is important for child development. Participants will be introduced to the Pretend Play Enjoyment Developmental Checklist and work through a case study. Participants will be taken through theprinciples and 12 key play skills of Learn to Play Therapy. There will be a small group work throughout the course as well as video footage.
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.