Parent–child play: A mental health promotion strategy for all children

Parent–child play: A mental health promotion strategy for all children

Sarah Seekamp and Ben Rogers
4 December 2019

This webinar will discuss how practitioners can use child-led play to assist families to improve parent–child relationships and child mental health.

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4 December 2019 13:00 to 14:00 AEDT
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Child-led play is an approach to playtime that relies on the parent following the child’s choices, leads and prompts without teaching or correcting. It helps parents to focus on the individual needs and preferences of their child and contributes to developing children’s skills in creativity, problem solving and decision making, increasing their confidence and resilience.

In this webinar, Sarah will detail how practitioners who work with families with children aged 0–12 years can adapt child-led play to their specific professional circumstances and use it as a mental health promotion strategy. This webinar will assist practitioners who interact with families in universal health, education and community services, including early childhood education and care settings, through:

  • describing how practitioners can play an important role in promoting child-led play as a mental health promotion strategy for all children
  • outlining how practitioners can support parents to use play with their child to gain insights into their parent–child relationship, and their child’s strengths and vulnerabilities
  • exploring play as a mechanism to begin conversations about the hopes that parents have for their relationships with their children and increasing parents’ agency to make positive change
  • providing strategies that develop the resilience of children and have positive effects on their long-term social and emotional wellbeing.

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This webinar is co-produced by CFCA and Emerging Minds in a series focusing on children’s mental health. They are working together as part of the Emerging Minds: National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health, which is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health under the National Support for Child and Youth Mental Health Program.

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About the presenters

Sarah Seekamp

Sarah is an Occupational Therapist who has spent much of her career working with children and families in primary health care settings. This work has involved partnering with children, parents, carers and educators to build their capacity to support children’s physical and emotional development.

In her work Sarah seeks to acknowledge the complexity of parenting while exploring the child’s experience of the world as a way of understanding their presentation. Much of her work is focused on play and supporting parents to play with their children in ways that encourage positive growth in the child.

Sarah currently lectures in the Occupational Therapy Program at the University of South Australia.

Ben Rogers

Ben is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist working with the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health. Ben's professional experience has seen him work in a variety of mental health and child and family services within Australia and the United Kingdom.

Over the past few years, Ben has been working for Royal Far West, an organisation that supports rural and remote families with complex needs. During this time, Ben worked within a complex developmental assessment service and provided telehealth therapy and capacity building to children, parents and teachers.

As a practitioner, Ben draws on his interest in sensory processing, attachment, play and mindfulness-based interventions when supporting children and their families.

Register for this free event

4 December 2019 13:00 to 14:00 AEDT
Online
Register to attend