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  • Writer's pictureKumar Kritanshu


Updated: Jan 3

During childhood, where imagination knows no bounds, there is potential in opening doors to language, narrative, social awareness, cognitive processing, and self-regulation.

Learn to Play Therapy Workshop is back in Singapore in 2024 for therapists and teachers.

Total Communication welcomes the return of the Learn to Play Workshop – a transformative two-day experience designed for therapists and teachers who are dedicated to guiding children through the enriching landscape of play.

What is your professional role?

  • Teacher

  • Therapist

  • Psychologist

  • Caregiver

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Embarking on a transformative journey, we are privileged to introduce our esteemed presenters, flying from Australia to impart their wealth of expertise and passion for transformative learning.

Emeritus Professor Karen Stagnitti is a true luminary in the field, boasting over 40 years of invaluable experience. Professor Stagnitti is a visionary leader who has significantly shaped the landscape of play therapy. Her pioneering work includes the development of Learn to Play Therapy and four impactful play assessments, marking her as a trailblazer in both research and clinical practice.

Joining her is Dr. Siobhan Casey, a seasoned paediatric occupational therapist with a remarkable 18 years of hands-on experience. Dr. Casey, also flying from Australia, holds a Master's qualification in play therapy and is celebrated for her groundbreaking research on the developmental processes of pretend play and self-regulation. Her expertise extends to collaborative work with children, families, and teachers, making her an invaluable asset to this workshop.

This unique opportunity to engage directly with these globally recognized experts promises to be an enriching experience, offering insights that will undoubtedly elevate your understanding of play therapy and its transformative potential.



Therapists Embark on a Playful Odyssey

For therapists, the Learn to Play Therapy Foundation workshop focuses on understanding and nurturing a child's play. Scheduled for March-April 2024, this immersive workshop aims to equip therapists working with children aged 12 months to 10 years with a profound understanding of play dynamics.

Key Objectives:

  1. Assessment Mastery: Learn how to assess pretend play using the Pretend Play Enjoyment Developmental Checklist and Animated Movie Test.

  2. Insightful Engagement: Gain insight into the reasoning behind engaging a child in play and learn how to plan purposeful play sessions.

  3. Building Play Abilities: Acquire skills to support and enhance a child's play abilities, paving the way for language development, social competence, and cognitive processing.

Led by the eminent Emeritus Professor Karen Stagnitti and Dr. Siobhan Casey, this workshop is backed by a robust evidence base derived from peer-reviewed research.


Outline of the 2-day Workshop

Day 1: Unveiling the Magic of Play

  • Morning (2 hours): Exploring the essence of play, the uniqueness of pretend play, and its profound links to language, narrative, social competence, and cognitive processing.

  • Mid-morning (1 hour): Delving into the developmental journey of pretend play.

  • Afternoon: Mastering the assessment tools - Pretend Play Enjoyment Developmental Checklist and Animated Movie Test.

Day 2: Crafting Playful Therapeutic Approaches

  • Morning (2 hours): Understanding the principles and processes of Learn to Play Therapy, creating a safe play environment, and working with children to engage in joyful play.

  • Mid-morning to early afternoon (2 hours): Techniques for engaging children and building play ability, with a focus on 7 to 10-year-olds.

  • Afternoon (2 hours): Unveiling the 10 essential play skills and empowering therapists to explain the play to parents.

For therapists aspiring to become Certified Learn to Play Therapists/Practitioners, this workshop marks Step 1 of the certification process.



Empowering Teachers Through Playful Pedagogy

For teachers, the Kindergarten/Schools Workshop focuses on the significance of play within the curriculum. Scheduled for March-April 2024, this workshop extends beyond theory, offering practical tools to integrate play-based learning into the classroom.

Key Objectives:

  1. Curriculum Integration: Identify the importance of play within the curriculum and plan classroom-based play scenarios to support learning outcomes.

  2. Assessment Proficiency: Master the Pretend Play Checklist for Teachers (PPCT) to assess and report on pretend play ability in a group setting.

  3. Innovative Pedagogical Practices: Gain insight into innovative pedagogical practices to support student engagement.

Outline of 2-day Workshop

Day 1: Laying the Foundation for Playful Learning

  • Morning (2 hours): Introduction to the Learn To Play Framework, connecting pretend play development to literacy, narrative understanding, social competence, and self-regulation.

  • Mid-morning (1 hour): Exploring the link between pretend play, brain development, emotional regulation, and the neurobiology of learning.

  • Afternoon (2 hours): Understanding assessment using the Pretend Play Checklist for Teachers through case studies and video analysis.

Day 2: Crafting Playful Learning Environments

  • Morning (2 hours): Exploring the concept of Learn To Play, key principles, and techniques of tracking/empathic reflection.

  • Mid-morning (1 hour): Video analysis of Learn To Play, exploring play skills, and group activities to create a narrative.

  • Afternoon (2 hours): Approach planning and implementation, goal setting, and linking pretend play development to self-regulation and social competence.

Registrants will receive the recently released book, 'Learning Through Play in the Primary School: The Why and the How for Teachers and School Leaders,' co-authored by Louise Paatsch, Siobhan Casey, Amity Green, and Karen Stagnitti.


Express your interest today in this extraordinary journey into the heart of the play – where therapists and teachers become architects of a child's brighter future. Let the Learn to Play Workshop be your guiding light in unlocking the wonders of childhood.

Call us to learn more: +65 9115 8895

Important Links:



  1. Learn to Play Workshop

  2. Play Therapy

  3. Therapists

  4. Teachers

  5. Pretend Play

  6. Developmental Checklist

  7. Animated Movie Test

  8. Play Abilities

  9. Total Communication

  10. Learn to Play Framework

  11. Playful Pedagogy

  12. Curriculum Integration

  13. Assessment Proficiency

  14. Innovative Pedagogical Practices

  15. Child Development

  16. Self-regulation

  17. Cognitive Processing

  18. Karen Stagnitti

  19. Siobhan Casey

  20. Childhood Imagination


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