Why is Play Crucial for Building Skill?

When: Monday, March 22, 2021 from 9.00am to 17.00pm Johannesburg, South Africa time zone


“It is not academically relevant.” “It is a waste of precious time.” “We need to rather catch up on academics.” “We need to focus on Social Skills.” “We need to change behavior first”. If you are making any of these statements or hear others say this, then this workshop is for you. In a world where we over-focus on product (what we can see), while we underestimate the value of “process” (how we plan it), we are also seeing ever increasing numbers of children who have “behaviors”. We also see a strong correlation between children with behavioral difficulties, that did not get to the kind of play they needed in order to develop regulatory and planful skill. This workshop will allow the participant to get a better grasp on how to understand the value of play, but also use play to gain access to the child’s mind, emotion and skill. Play is the language of the child and when used correctly, it actually goes “quicker”, for those who have a frame of mind of “catching up”! It is also more fun for everyone, parents and professionals.

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Provider Name:
Maude Le Roux Academy
9 LaCrue Ave, Suite 103
Glen Mills, PA 19382
Phone: 484 840 1529
E-mail: maude@maudeleroux.com

Presenter: Maude Le Roux OTR/L, IMC, SIPT, CTC, DIR-FT Expert Trainer

Bio: Maude Le Roux is an occupational therapist with an extensive following of professionals across the globe. She studies human development in different capacities of growth; spanning ages and stages, neuroanatomy, assessment tools as well as current trends of intervention. She completed the SIPT training in 2002 and Sensory Integration forms the foundation from which she continues to develop different tracks of assessment and intervention. Maude is certified in multiple different techniques that she applies uniquely through her Developmental Pathways Model (DPM). She owns and directs a clinical practice in Glen Mills, PA, where she has a team of dedicated professionals, many of whom had been with her over 10 years as well as being with her since inception of her practice in 2001. Her requirement for practice is a warm, embracing atmosphere operated through clinical expertise and professionalism that will provide quality of care to all entering her practice. She gives back to her community by serving on different boards and currently serves on the Board of Directors for ATTACh, a national organization dedicated to serve families and children with attachment related difficulties and trauma informed care. She co-authored the book “Our Greatest Allies” in 2011 with Lauren O’Malley describing the journey of one autistic child.

Special Needs Accommodation: We invite anyone who may need a specific accommodation to contact maude@maudeleroux.com and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. We do provide online PowerPoint for download should you require larger print and we do use specialized microphones to best accommodate for a clear audio message.

Cancellation policy: Payment is due in full with registration through Square on this website and there is a non-refundable fee of $15 at any time. If the workshop participant cancels within 30 days prior to the workshop starting date, the reimbursement would be 75% and within 2 weeks of the course; reimbursement would be calculated at 50%. Please contact maude@maudeleroux.com If the workshop should be cancelled by the Maude Le Roux Academy, each course participant will be contacted via e-mail notification to announce rescheduled dates or when reimbursement would be issued if not able to reschedule.

Maude and Charl Le Roux own the Maude Le Roux Academy and thus the proceeds of this course will cover operational expenses as well as provide income for Maude and Charl Le Roux

Course Type: Single Course

Location: “Live” Online

Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Educators, Psychologists, Social Work professionals, Parents

Educational Level: Intermediate

Pre-Requisites: None

Number of Participants: Unlimited

Instructional Methods: PowerPoint, Group Discussion, Video

Course Completion Requirement: Complete workshop feedback form

Certificate: Attendance

Contact Hours: 6 hours

Fee: $60

8.30am to 9.00am Registration
9.00am to 11.00am Understanding Emotional Behavior through Play
11.00am to 11.30am Morning Break
11.30am to 13.00pm Sensorimotor Development and Play
13.00pm to 14.00pm Lunch
14.00pm to 15.30pm Preparing for Academic Skill through Play
15.30pm to 15. 45pm Afternoon Break
15. 45pm to 17.00pm Case Study Demonstration of play

Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss at least 3 different theories pertaining to play
  • List at least 4 stages of developing a “Sense of Self” through play
  • Consider a 7-step hierarchy from sensory processing to executive skill
  • Discover the use of “construction in space” as foundational skill
  • List at least 3 skills developed through play that builds math skill
  • Consider at least 5 skills developed through play that builds reading skill
  • Analyze a case study of a student playing through the socio-emotional, physical and academic lens
  • Discuss at least 10 techniques utilized in the case study pertaining to play in reaching different goals

Exceptional presenter who is very knowledgeable in her area of expertise, and knows how to present concepts, ideas, skills, and observations in an understandable and clear manner. She always “checks in” to make sure attendees understand material presented, and optimally integrates use of power point slides with videos to further understanding. You can feel and hear her passion for her profession , the young child, and teaching and sharing knowledge with others.

Adrienne Westheim, USA


I am embarking on a PhD in Expressive Ars Therapies at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and hope to focus on the intersection of somatic psychology and art therapy. There is so much practical knowledge in the physical therapies that can be useful to art therapists who do OT like activities with children that Maude’s teachings are readily usable in both my private practice, my teaching and potential research I may do. I hope to have Maude as an advisor in future for Dissertation! But that is still a few years away. I am particularly taken with the concept of “praxis” and its implications for activities in art therapy/play therapy

Mia de Bethune, USA


Thank you, Maude, for such a wonderful course. Anyone working with children should have the privilege to listen to you share some of your incredible knowledge and enthusiasm about this very important topic. I love the layout of the course and how you were able to bring it all together in the end with such a beautiful and powerful case study.

Christelle Bryan, UK


Sometimes as therapists we can become over-focused on the development of specific skills, or what the next step in our therapeutic sequence should be. This course was not only a reminder of how to follow the child’s lead, but how crucial it is to do so if we want true integration to occur. Play is not only a beneficial medium, but a necessary one, and this course gave beautiful insight on the theories and research backing this, as well as a plan for how to use play as the means to the end, not just the end result. Maude is a master of intertwining her knowledge of play, sensory integration, and development so therapists can better understand these ideas and how to use them together. I also loved ideas presented in some of the video clips, and can’t wait to incorporate into my own practice.

Coleen DeFruscio, USA

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