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Featuring: Jen Dulz, MS, OTR/L

Originally recorded July 17, 2020

Webinars are video presentations and include the recorded PowerPoint and lecture and a .pdf copy of the PowerPoint notes.

Description: Play is a child’s occupation and it is also important for adults; they just call it leisure or recreation. This webinar will examine why play is important and explore the neuroscientific foundations of play including identifying signals of safety/safeness, the hardwiring of play circuitry in the brain, the impact of play on developing brains, and regulation during play. The components of the moment of play, that moment when you lose track of time because you’re so absorbed in what you’re doing, will also be explored. We will investigate a specific form of play, rough and tumble play, in various clinical settings including via telehealth. Current research and clinical application of play in diverse populations will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this webinar listeners will be able to:

  1. Describe 4 neuroscientific components of play
  2. Identify 3 signals of the moment of play and how to recreate it
  3. Describe 3 clinical applications of play

Course Level: Intermediate. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Suitable For: Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants, Speech and language pathologists, Parents, Educators

AOTA: Process: Intervention

Contact Hours: This course is worth 1.5 contact hours or 0.15 AOTA CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To receive contact hours for this course you must listen to the recorded webinar in its entirety and complete the accompanying assessment.

About the Speaker: Jen is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist. She earned her Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. Jen has extensive experience evaluating and treating infants, children, teens, families and adults within the home, school, clinic, and camp settings. She currently serves as a staff occupational therapist, mentor, and specialty coordinator in the area of auditory interventions. She has completed the Sensory Integration Certification Program (SIPT) and is a certified provider of Therapeutic Listening as well as Integrated Listening Systems. Additionally, Jen has training in DIR/Floortime, manual therapies, Kinesiotaping, trauma-informed practice, and visual-vestibular treatment techniques. Jen is passionate about play as well as her relationships with her clients and their families. Outside of work, Jen enjoys kayaking, hiking, backcountry camping, and silent retreats.

ADA/Section 504: If you require special accommodations, please contact the Spiral Foundation at or (617) 969-4410 ext. 231.

Continuing Education:

Occupational Therapy Practitioners/ Occupational Therapy Assistants:  The Spiral Foundation is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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