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The Spectrum of Play and Play On the Spectrum

at Continuing Professional Studies at Bank

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2.5 hours of asynchronous work required.
Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 18
System Requirements: You will need an Internet connection and administrator access on your computer or laptop.
Class Delivery: These workshops/courses are asynchronous, except where noted. That is, participants work at times that suit them best; however, there will be firm weekly due dates for assignments. The course instructors will act both as a leaders and mentors by offering regular support, suggestions, and direction. 

Students should expect to spend 3-5 hours per week on coursework, except where noted.
Teacher: Gilbert Foley

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this childhood class:

The Spectrum of Play and Play on the Spectrum: Through a Dev-Ind-Diff, Relationship Model Lens (b-6)

The course examines the play of neurotypical and neurodiverse children and the impact of individual differences in sensory and motor processing on development and play. A core feature of the course is how to employ the Developmental-Individual Difference-Relationship Model (DIR/Floortime ©) to promote symbolic and emotional growth with children on the Autistic Spectrum.

DIR builds the foundation for reciprocal interactions, joint attention and communication to develop the capacity to express the full range of emotions, and to regulate anxiety and behavior using a teacher-caretaker mediated approach.

This course presents the developmental spectrum of play and the manner in which play supports the formation of self-regulation, provides opportunities for children to experience agency, and is self-affirming. Play also addresses all areas of development simultaneously and is spontaneous and intrinsically motivated without the need for teacher-directed tasks. We will examine these themes as concept and practice. 

Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to discuss challenges you may encounter related to children with whom you are working.

Focus Onbirth-6 Years

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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Refund Policy

Note: This provider has a temporary cancellation policy for COVID-19 related cancellations which is as follows:

Cancellations made 3 or more days in advance will receive a full credit for a rescheduled date with this provider   


Original cancellation policy (non-COVID-19):

Cancellations must be made one week before the start of class, to receive a refund minus a $15 'change of schedule' fee.  Exceptions will be made for medical emergencies.

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