Benefits of Play

Including Preschoolers with Special Needs in Active Play!

Join HSBS Advisory Board member Diane H. Craft, Ph.D. to learn fun ways to include preschool children with special needs in active play with their peers. This webinar provides many practical ideas for inclusive physical activities that are developmentally appropriate, use inexpensive equipment, can be done in small spaces, and are enjoyable for children to play together!

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The Benefits of Risk: How Giving Kids More Freedom Helps Them Grow

One of the biggest barriers to children getting the exercise and play that they need is fear of the dangers in their environment. But what if we are chronically misperceiving the risks they face, and our overprotection is actually stifling their growth and even harming their health? Let's rethink a healthy balance of safety and risk with Family Therapist Miven Trageser. Appropriate for both educators and parents, this webinar will challenge some assumptions about danger, and provide statistics and guidance to encourage allowing age-appropriate freedoms to kids.

Play Everyday For A Healthy Brain!

The brain NEEDS play! The human brain is an amazing and complex organ that allows each of us to think, feel, and act. The brain systems that regulate those activities are largely shaped by experience. Learn why play is essential for optimal early brain development and why it is vital for all parents and educators to be play partners and play advocates. Join Head Start Body Start and author, speaker, educator and parent, Deborah McNelis for this informative webinar.

Sensory Play and Learning

Occupational Therapist and Inclusion Advocate Ingrid M. Kanics, OTR/L taught us about the seven senses as well as how the brain integrates and regulates these in everyday activities. This webinar provides participants with activities that can be done in preschool classrooms to help children explore and integrate sensory information to support learning.