Connecting Play and Language to Literacy and Social-Emotional Development: Assessment and Treatment for Young Children
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Carol Westby, CCC-SLP, PhD, BCS-CL, ASDCS
6 Hours 21 Minutes
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May 20, 2021
Play is the window into—and the foundation for— the development of language, text comprehension, cognition and social-emotional skills in children. It’s essential to know children’s developmental play level if we are to select appropriate play interventions. Yet there are few tools that allow the clinician or teacher to look at these skills in a holistic way.
The Westby Play Scale gives us just that—it’s a unique assessment tool that allows us to evaluate these skills while children play!
Watch Dr. Westby, internationally-renowned expert on play assessment and development and language-literacy relationships, and learn to effectively use the Westby Play Scale to assess children’s symbolic play skill level, language skills and how they use language. Supported by 40 years of evidence-based research, the scales will help you set goals at the right developmental level for all the young children (birth-5) you work with.
Don’t miss this chance to learn from Dr. Westby, an icon in the field who will teach you how to integrate the play practices and play strategies essential to promote:
- Higher-level thinking, problem-solving and creativity
- A range of language skills
- The foundations for developing text comprehension
- Awareness of temporal, cause-effect and social relationships
- Empathy, which is important for interpreting and responding appropriately to the needs, desires, and roles of others
- Interactions essential for social-emotional development
- Ability to self-regulate, organize and monitor their own behavior so they can become independent, self-motivated learners
Purchase today and learn an approach that targets skills at appropriate developmental levels for children, builds language simultaneously, is highly transferable and most of all, is fun!
Carol Westby, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, ASDCS, is an internationally-renowned expert on play assessment and development in children. She is the developer of the renowned Westby Symbolic Play Scale, a research-based scale used to assess children’s social and play skills. Dr. Westby has written and implemented projects to support personnel preparation, clinical service, and research, including Project PLAY (Play and Language Attunement in Young Children), that trains caregivers to increase the development of play, theory of mind, and language.
Dr. Westby is a fellow of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), is Board-Certified in Child Language and Literacy Disorders, and has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Geneva College and the University of Iowa’s Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, the ASHA Award for Contributions to Multicultural Affairs, the Honors of ASHA, and the Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Career Award.
Dr. Westby has published and presented nationally and internationally on topics including play, autobiographical memory, theory of mind, language-literacy relationships, narrative/expository development and facilitation, adverse childhood experiences, screen time, trauma, metacognition/executive function, and assessment and intervention with culturally/linguistically diverse populations. She has consulted with the New Mexico Preschool for the Deaf, which employs a play-based curriculum.
Dr. Westby has been a visiting professor at Flinders University in South Australia where she worked on a language/literacy curriculum, and at Brigham Young University where she consulted on SEEL, a systematic and engaging emergent literacy program that employs playful practice. she is a consultant for Bilingual Multicultural Services in Albuquerque, NM and holds an affiliated appointment in communication disorders at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. Dr. Westby is certified as an Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist (ASDCS).
Financial: Carol Westby is a consultant for Bilingual Multicultural Services. Dr. Westby receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She is the author of numerous chapters and articles; and is published by various publishers including Jones & Bartlett and Pearson. Carol has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Carol Westby is the developer of the Westby Play Scale. Dr. Westby is a fellow of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
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