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Play Techniques for Early Childhood Settings

Bank Street College promotes childhood play as a critical component of all children's development. Play is a child's primary mode of expression and of learning about the world. In this course, a variety of play techniques are introduced such as child-centered play and the Floortime (tm) approach. Participants explore and practice techniques that promote self-regulation, self-esteem, mastery, and social, emotional and cognitive development in typically developing children, as well as in children with special needs. This course is appropriate for general and special education teachers, parents, caregivers, child life specialists, social workers, therapists and counselors. Participants are required to have prior coursework focused on child development and on developmental variations. Prerequisite:EDUC 803.