Neuro-Science Fair: Learning to Trust the Powerful Influence of Play


Saturday April 16, 2016
Contact Hours:
IL EI Approval: 
4.0 Intervention, 1.0 Working with families

OT, PT, ST, DT, behavior specialists, parents, caregivers, daycare workers, and all other early intervention providers.

Course Level:     Beginner to Intermediate

Wee Care Therapy, Ltd.
440 Edmond Dr.
Dyer, IN 46311

Seminar Description:
Come one, come all, and experience firsthand what it may be like for the children (and their families) receiving intervention services as they take on developmentally challenging tasks. This is a workshop like you have never attended before! In the morning participants will actively take part in various “stations” that correspond to the domains of development. With an emphasis on play, participants will experience environmental challenges and the supportive role of play partners. In the afternoon participants will be introduced to the current research on the importance of play as well as the stress response system. Participants will be encouraged to make connections between their “lived/felt experience” from the morning stations and their work with young children. We’ll emphasize the importance of behavioral observations.

Please dress in layers and bring a coat. Weather permitting we will enjoy some outdoor activities. And since this is a fair, there will be fabulous prizes! Everyone is a winner!

Seminar Objectives:
Participants will:

  • Gain a deeper appreciation for the experience of young children and their families receiving intervention services
  • Learn the important role of play in developmental skill acquisition.
  • Experience on a felt sense level the ways in which cognitive, motor, language and social emotional challenges influence behavior and performance
  • Identify stress response related behaviors
  • Reflect on the ways in which the experiences and information from this workshop informs practice.


8:00 – 8:30 Registration
8:30 – 9:00 Gather and Settle, Opening Circle Time Activity
9:00 -9:25 Play Station: Rotation #1 (Pretend Play)
9:25 – 10:00 Play Station: Rotation #2 (Gross Motor)
10:00-10:25 Play Station: Rotation #3 (Sensory/Messy Play)
10:25 – 10:45 “Snack and Potty Break Time” (This is an actual educational activity)
10:45 – 11:05 Play Station: Rotation #4 (Pre-literacy, making meaning out of symbols)
11:05 – 11:30 Play Station: Rotation #5 (Social-Emotional)
11:30 – 11:55 Clean Up and Free Play Time (This is another actual educational activity)
12:00 – 1:00 L U N C H
1:00 – 1:30 Pretend Play and Behavioral Observation
1:30 – 2:15 Stress Response: Lasting Effects of Early Childhood Stress/Adverse Experiences Introducing ACEs /Self Reflection
2:15-2:30 Self Reflection in the Service of Neuro- Sensitive Practice


About the Speaker:

Jennifer Rosinia, PhD, OTR/L is a Registered Occupational Therapist with over 30 years of experience in pediatrics. A specialist in serving the needs of children birth to age three and their families, she also has extensive experience in working with children ages three to twenty one years of age. Jennifer earned a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education and a Doctorate in Child Development from Loyola University and the Erikson Institute in Chicago, Illinois. A master clinician and a gifted teacher, Dr. Rosinia has a special interest in the neurobiological influences on a child’s development including sensory processing, brain development, the role of emotions and the impact of relationships on the developing child. As adjunct faculty at the Erikson Institute, Jennifer has also taught courses and guest lectured at several colleges and universities around the Chicago, Illinois area. With a growing national reputation as a powerful speaker and consultant, Jennifer brings a healthy balance of humor, passion, and expertise to all of her presentations. She is the president of Kid Links Unlimited, Inc. a company whose mission is to link theory to practice, parents with professionals, and kids


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