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Play & Language: The Roots of Literacy

March 20 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

| $219.99

How to Register: Visit the PESI, Inc. Website

Join Dr. Westby for this live webcast, and learn about the vital relationship between the dimensions of play, social-emotional functioning, language, and literacy. Learn firsthand how to effectively use the Westby Play Scale – a tool that offers a way to evaluate all young children’s (birth-5 years) symbolic play skills. Supported by 40 years of evidence-based research and organized by developmental level, this tool will breakdown the milestones children should be achieving with their play and language. You will learn play practices and play strategies to improve language, cognitive and social-emotional skills, which are essential for literacy development and academic success, including:

• Higher-level thinking, problem-solving, and creativity
• Advancing language skills and text comprehension
• Awareness of temporal, cause-effect, and social relationships
• Motivation, self-regulation, and empathy
• Interpreting and responding appropriately to the needs, desires, and roles of others

These intervention activities will work for all young children, but special focus will be given to interventions for children with language learning disabilities, autism, socio-economic/cultural variations, and ESL. Observing children’s play provides information about their knowledge, views of the world and mastered skills. Sign up now!

CAROL WESTBY, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an internationally-renowned expert on play assessment and development, language-literacy relationships, current play theories, and the development of the four dimensions of play in young children (birth-5 years).
She is a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and holds Specialty Recognition in Child Language. She received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Iowa’s Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, and the ASHA Award for Contributions to Multicultural Affairs.

Dr. Westby began her career in New York where she developed her renowned Play Scale. She has written and implemented projects to support personnel preparation, clinical service, and research, including Project PLAY (Play and Language Attunement in Young Children), that trained caregivers to increase the development of play, theory of mind, and language. Additionally, 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.

Dr. Westby has published and presented nationally and internationally on play, language-literacy relationships, narrative/expository development and facilitation, theory of mind, assessment and facilitation of written language, metacognition/executive function, and issues in assessment and intervention with culturally/linguistically diverse populations.


March 20
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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PESI, Inc.


Event Format
OPI Renewal Units Available
College Credit Available