2nd Feb 2015 & 3rd Feb 2015
Monday & Tuesday

The value of play is often underestimated in the development of language and cognition. The acquisition of play skills is strongly linked to language development, problem solving, logical sequential thought, and social competence with peers, and is therefore essential for academic and social success. This 2-day workshop on the Learn to Play program aims to provide professionals with an opportunity to further their understanding of the development of pretend play and its significance in child development. This hands-on practical training led by Professor Karen Stagnitti, will provide a clinical reasoning framework for the inclusion of play in therapy sessions, allowing participants to begin to develop a treatment program for a child with delays in pretend play development.

Who will benefit

Speech Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Early intervention workers who work with children with developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder and cognitive impairments – aged 1 years old to 8 years old.

Through this workshop, you will:

  • Gain an in-depth knowledge of pretend play development and its importance to child development

  • Have an increased understanding of play assessment and interpretation of a child’s play behaviour

  • Develop skills in the Learn to Play program in order to work with children to build play ability

Learning Agenda

Day 1

Day 2

  • Development of pretend play

  • Importance of pretend play to language and literacy

  • Importance of pretend play social competence and self-regulation

  • What we know about brain development and pretend play

  • Learn to Play program

  • Aims and purpose

  • How to engage children in play

  • Practical sessions on 10 play skills

  • Parent Learn to Play program

  • Latest information on research and the School Learn to Play Program

Play Assessment

  • Practical session using the Symbolic and Imaginative Developmental Checklist

  • Introduction to the Child-Initiated Pretend Play Assessment

  • Identifying play deficits

Presenter: Professor Karen Stagnitti, PhD, BOccThy, GCHE

Professor Karen Stagnitti currently works as Professor, Personal Chair at the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia. She graduated with a Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland. For over 32 years she has mainly worked in early childhood intervention programs in community-based settings as part of a specialist paediatric multidisciplinary team.
In 2003 she graduated from LaTrobe University with a Doctor of Philosophy. Her area of research is children’s play. Karen has written five books on play and has her sixth book under contract. She also has 75 national and international papers published as well as 20 book chapters (some in press). Her norm referenced standardised play assessment; the Child-Initiated Pretend Play Assessment was published in 2007. She has received a research excellence award from the School of Health and Social Development and in 2014 is shortlisted for one of the Smart Research Awards in Geelong.
Throughout the year, she is invited to present her work on the play ability of children nationally and internationally.


Village Hotel Albert Court


2nd – 3rd February 2015

Tea/Coffee and Lunch provided.




Early Bird $880 $968
Standard $950 $1045

*Speech-Language and Hearing Association Singapore
* Singapore Association of Occupational Therapists


Early Bird Closing Date: 12th January 2015

Final Closing Date: 22nd January 2015

For Further Details and Registration Please Contact:

Total Communication Therapy
Tel: 64672995
Email: priya01.totalcommunication@gmail.com