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Play Techniques for Early Childhood Settings

Focus on: Birth – Grade 2
Course Number: EDUC823N, online

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 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. If you have questions, contact Kate Ascetta

June 28 – July 20, 2017*
10 PDH or 1 CEU: $405 (not offered for credit) / 1 credit $1,519 
Required Text:
Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship, by Gary Landreth (Psych Press, 2011)
How to Talk So Children Can Learn, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish  (Scribner, 2008)
Registration Deadline: 6/22
*Synchronous meetings on Wednesdays, June 28, July 5, 12, and 19 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm EST with an optional tech support session on June 21.
**A webcam and microphone are required to participate in this course.   

The course instructor will act both as a leader and mentor by offering regular support, suggestions, and direction. Students should expect to spend 3-5 hours per week on coursework outside of synchronous session.