Playing to Learn, Learning to Play with Make it Yourself AT

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 3:30-5:00 PM

Webinar Type: Archive
Webinar Code: AT15-WEB19-AR
Webinar Fee: $49

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According to Fred (Mr.) Rogers, Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. Play includes exploration using all of our senses, examining how toys and materials work, discovering new ways to use materials, and more. Adaptations to attach, stabilize, make the toy easier to hold, or confine the toy can be made with readily found materials. Removing barriers and providing access for children who have differing abilities and challenges can expand their play opportunities. So, let’s play!

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will name three or more readily available low cost or no cost materials that can be used to stabilize, display, or contain toys to provide physical and sensory access.
  2. Participants will identify three or more ways to expand play with adapted toys far beyond cause and effect.
  3. Participants will list three or more Internet resources to find out more about adapting toys.


Judith Schoonover

Assistive Technology Specialist
Loudoun County Public Schools
Judith Schoonover, MEd, OTR/L, ATP, FAOTA is an occupational therapist and former elementary school teacher. She is certified as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) by RESNA and is a founding member of the Loudoun County Public Schools Assistive Technology Team. Judith has worked in schools for more than 38 years. She has authored articles and chapters, and presented on the topics of school-based occupational therapy, transition, literacy and assistive technology nationally. She is the Vice President of the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association, and has served as the communication liaison for the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Early Intervention and School Special Interest Section. She has participated on several National Association of Directors of Special Education (NASDE) workgroups pertaining to Response to Intervention (RtI) Transition, and Virtual Schools. Judith is a frequent ATIA presenter and serves as a strand advisor for the Assistive Technology for Improved Function strand. Currently, Schoonover represents AOTA on the National Joint Committee (NJC) for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities, and participates on AOTA's Transition and RtI Workgroups. Locally, she has volunteered for Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Foundation since 1998.
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