Kids Play Space is proud to present a wide range of workshops for parents, educators, and council/playground planners.
No one has time for boring professional development sessions – Anna aims to keep every session information packed, relevant, practical and inspiring!
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“Sensory Processing – A Crash Course”
This session provides an overview of Sensory processing, Sensory Processing Disorder, ‘red flags’ to look for, and practical strategies to support participation in everyday activities.
“Supporting Children with Sensory Processing Difficulties to Engage in Risky (Challenging) Play”
‘Risky Play’ (or play involving challenges), can benefit children in so many ways, including developing sensory motor skills, visual spatial abilities and confidence in shared play. Engaging in risky play generally comes naturally to neuro-typically developing children, who enjoy partaking in play ideas of self-determined risk. However, children with Sensory Processing Disorder can find keeping up with their peers during active play difficult, uncomfortable, awkward, and even scary. Sensory Processing Disorder is extremely common (affecting around 1 in 20 children), meaning there are many children struggling with, or not wanting to engage in, risky play opportunities.
Attendees will gain an overview of Sensory Processing Disorder and its impact on risky play engagement from an occupational therapy perspective. Key strategies will be outlined for calming the central nervous system and building on sensory motor development, which are vital to a child’s success in choosing to attempt and safely negotiate a wide variety of physical challenges within play.
“Playing, Playgrounds, and Sensory Maturation”
This session explores the important role of playgrounds in supporting the development of children’s sensory systems in the context of play! The way we process sensory information underlies our participation and performance in all activities. A strong sensory system will see children better equipped to bring their ideas to life in the flow of play. Playgrounds are a staple ingredient of every community, but what are the best features, how can adults best support children, what could our community playgrounds benefit more from, and which playground ‘rules’ need to be abandoned, in order to nurture developing sensory systems and super-charge the play possibilities?
Attendees can expect to look at playgrounds through ‘sensory eyes’, and to walk away with lots of tips on how to best encourage both neuro-typically developing children and children with sensory processing difficulties to get on with their business of playing in the playground setting. The presentation is from the perspective of a paediatric occupational therapist and health promotion advocate, with a passion for active, play-filled childhoods. The content aims to spark conversation between both individuals and community organisations around the purpose, design and use of playgrounds by children.
“Creating Environments to Support Development and Inspire Rich Play Experiences”
The environments in which children grow and play are integral to their development and play experiences. This session provides an overview of sensory maturation and how it relates to children’s performance in everyday activities; and explores simple ways to set up play spaces to promote efficient sensory motor development.
This practical workshop session will consider top tips for creating supportive, inspiring play spaces. Get your ‘vision boards’ ready – and be prepared to head back home or into the childcare/education setting with fresh eyes and new ideas to try out!
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– nurture quality play experiences and promote development in many small, meaningful ways everyday.
“Sensory Processing and a Sense of Calm”
– including: managing separation anxiety, avoiding meltdowns, ‘quiet time’ when daytime naps are history, smooth bedtime settling routines, less screen time and more active play
“Boosting Classroom Skills”
– including attention, following instructions, organisation and transitions
“Boosting Fine Motor Skills”
– including handwriting, scissor skills and more!
“Boosting Life Skills”
– encouraging independence in daily activities
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Let’s work together to nurture play and boost children’s life skills in the home, childcare, pre-school, school and community settings!
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Do any of these session themes stand out for you?
Enquire about a customised package to meet your team’s training needs today via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Available for workshops in Melbourne and surrounds, (and further afield by negotiation).
Skype (video conferencing) also available on request.