Events in this series will be held from 4-5:30 p.m., with a talk or presentation from 4-5 followed by time for informal interaction with the speakers. If you can't make it to an event, videos will be available afterward via links below.
Tuesday, September 17 Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre Hall
Playful, Practical Community-Level Solutions for Youth and Teen Inactivity
Presented by Dr. Kwame Brown, founder of Move Theory, a consulting group that provides practical, evidence-based, playful solutions to keep kids and teens moving.
“It seems that every time we are concerned about our children's health, well-being, or academic performance, the solution we come up with is "medical" or "military" in nature. Dr. Kwame M. Brown will lead an active (he really means active) discussion on ways in which we can solve youth and teen inactivity through playful and practical solutions. Included in this discussion will be the synthesis of evidence across disciplines and problems to support the playful approach.
Tuesday, October 1 - Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall
The PLAY Project-a Home Based Program for Children with Autism
Presented by Dawn Heino, BS, OTR/L, pediatric occupational therapist, Children’s Therapy Unit, Good Samaritan Hospital
Brief Synopsis: The PLAY Project is an evidence-based program designed for children with autism ages two to six years of age based on Dr Stanley Greenspan and Dr Serena Weider’s DIR/Floortime Model. This presentation will give a brief overview of the program including the history, program design, and the evidence to support it.
This model is comprised of two programs:
1) The Home Consultation Program: The Home Consultation Program is devoted to helping parents develop a better connection with their child through play with the close guidance of a trained Home Consultant.
2) The Professional Training Program: our international training program is designed to prepare pediatric professionals to implement P.L.A.Y. Project services in their communities.
Tuesday, October 15 - Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall
The Power of Play - This event has been cancelled but may be rescheduled at a later date. Please check back.
Presented by the Children's Museum of Tacoma: Tanya Andrews, Executive Director and Alyssa Tongue, Learning Experiences Director
From birth, children are observing and interacting with the world around them, developing the foundation that will see them through their lifelong journey of learning. The Children’s Museum of Tacoma recognizes that play is intrinsic to children, the natural way in which their brains are stimulated to learn, grow and thrive. Hear how play has fueled the Children’s Museum of Tacoma to advocate for the power of play in the lifelong journey of learning.
Teusday, November 5 - Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall
Students from PT, Exercise Science, and Psychology will present their research in a poster session.
Tuesday, November 19 - Weyerhaeuser Hall Room 402
One faculty representative from each of Weyerhaeuser Hall’s departments will discuss their research interests.