Professional Development

Play2Practice: Gaming for Social Learning ** – new!

Presented by Anna Vagin, Ph.D. (90 mins)

Audience – SLPs, OTs, SLPAs, Classroom Aides, School Counselors working with students in grades 1-8 with social learning challenges.
Board games were once used mostly as breaks from therapy. However, we can use the range of tabletop games (board games, dice games, card games, flicking games, etc.) to support our work in social cognition. Learn about fabulous cooperative and competitive games on the market as well as simple visual supports that will help students practice managing their uncomfortable feelings and taking risks, solidify relationship skills (beyond turn taking!), and learn to manage competitive urges in self-motivating and socially effective ways. Learn how to modify games to make them more accessible to a broader range of students, as well as how to write rubrics focused on building social competencies by playing games. Leave with lists of terrific cooperative as well as competitive games.