This workshop is designed primarily for teachers, therapists, parents and consultants who are relatively new to the concepts that guide social development.  Those with extensive experience in guiding social development will also benefit.  The material presented is appropriate for learners who currently demonstrate neither social interest nor social competence, but will also benefit more advanced learners.  The instructors will introduce the concept of “steam”, or a measure of the interest a learner takes in a social interaction.

Participants will learn to:

Describe a number of critical early social objectives

Describe some of the critical differences between free-flowing play and structured play, as well as between adult-directed play and child-directed play

Take advantage of a variety of existing learner interests to work on a variety of social targets

Expand learner interests

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