Development Through Play

Areas of interest
  • Playing
  • Belonging
  • Learning
  • Sharing with others
  • Exploring and understanding emotions of self and others
  • Activities of daily living
  • Evidence-based learning and play approaches and regular evaluations
  • Pretend Play
  • Interaction and social skills
  • English
“I believe that each child learns through play in their own way, and it is up to us to discover and embrace their way.”

Kerry knows about play and learning. She is an experienced, energetic, understanding qualified early childhood teacher, passionate about working with children, young adults and families in a playful social-emotional context. Kerry has extensive experience in working with children and young people who require assistance in their formative learning years.

Kerry has always included music, movement, dance and drama in her play and education sessions and programs. When planning and implementing a session for the child or young adult, Kerry considers each child’s and young person’s development, home background, interests, skills and abilities and provides experiences that encompass the whole child as they learn through play. Her sessions engage the children and young people in play experiences that stimulate and extend their natural curiosity and creativity and involve songs, music, drama, stories, pretend play and play.

Kerry is being mentored by Kaja Weeks, who is a DIRFloortime® certified Music Educator in the USA, and Karen Stagnitti ( PhD, BOccThy, GCHE), who has extensively researched children’s play and developed the Learn To Play Therapy Program in which Kerry has been trained. The Learn To Play Program, from Karen’s extensive research, is all about observing the child with a focus on pretend play and assessing and recording the child’s play skills ready to plan their therapy sessions.

Kerry works therapeutically within a DIRFloortime® framework with the child’s family and My Therapy House® Team to help children meet their developmental milestones including social-emotional development, play, pretend play, communication, gross and fine motor skills, learning and self-help skills.

The Learn To Play Therapy Program encompasses the many aspects of play that Kerry considers important. These include tailoring play sessions to be at the child’s play developmental level and embracing the child’s interests and learning style. In Development Through Play sessions Kerry feels it is important to move with the child at their pace and provide for opportunities for exploration and spontaneous pretend play.

For more information about the Learn to Play Therapy Program devised by Karen Stagnitti

Kerry works as an integral part of our Development Through Play team.

Kerry’s clinic days are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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Children and relationships are our passion.

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