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 on developmental variations. If you have questions, contact Kate Ascetta.

Course timetable: July 9-August 6, 2014
*Synchronous meetings Wednesdays, 7 – 9 pm, July 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 6
(Eastern Standard Time)


10 PDH or 1 CEU: $405 / 1 Credit $1416
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: 7/2/2014

This workshop is asynchronous, except where noted. 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 registered for CEU should expect to spend 3-5 hours per week on coursework. Students registered for credit, will have additional projects and assignments.