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Course # 3573
The Roots of Literacy: Play and Language

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Course Abstract

This presentation will describe the development of four dimensions of play in toddlers and preschool children and the interrelationships of the dimensions of play and children's language, social-emotional skills, self-regulation, and literacy from infancy through early elementary school.
This course was recorded on September 15, 2009


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Course Learning Outcomes

  • Upon completing this course learners will be able to describe how playful interactions promote development of inter- and intra-personal theory of mind essential for the ability to make inferences and to self-regulate one's learning.
  • Upon completing this course learners will be able to describe 4 dimensions of pretend play.
  • Upon completing this course learners will be able to explain the relationships of pretend play dimensions to literacy.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-5 Minutes Introduction
5-10 Minutes Concept of mental modeling
10-40 Minutes Precursors to pretend
40-60 Minutes Theory of mind dimension (understanding thoughts and feelings of self and others)
60-90 Minutes Decontextualization dimension (reduced used of props in play)
90-110 Minutes Thematic dimension (from familiar to novel pretend themes)
100-115 Minutes Organization dimension (sequencing and planning of play)
115-120 Minutes Conclusion; Q & A

Average Rating

(259 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 95 most recent comments out of 259 reviews

Review by: Grace on March 26, 2013
Review by: Julio on March 16, 2013
Topics and details.
Review by: Christine on March 6, 2013
It was very helpful
Review by: Allison on March 5, 2013
Great basis for encouraging play at certain stages in my work as an EI SLP.THANK YOU!!!
Review by: Lori on February 25, 2013
Depth of knowledge of instructor; video examples.
Review by: Beth on February 16, 2013
I like the videos that were used as examples.
Review by: Donna on February 10, 2013
The organization was a bit difficult to follow, but the videos were great.
Review by: Judith on February 9, 2013
The video clips demonstrating the information on paly
Review by: Sonya on February 3, 2013
The content and the video presentations
Review by: Julie on February 3, 2013
Presenter is SO knowledgable. I thoroughly enjoyed this!
Review by: Samantha on February 3, 2013
There was a lot of information to follow.
Review by: Michelle on January 30, 2013
speaker's expertise and organization . loved all the videos.
Review by: Allyson on January 30, 2013
Great practical info
Review by: Angela on January 21, 2013
Carol Westby's reputation and knowledge make for excellent content; she is experienced and provides a great mix of anecdotes and examples to illustrate her point.
Review by: Michelle on January 20, 2013
I would have rated the course excellent - but some of the audio was poor quality. It further clarifies the importance of play for preschool and the reciprocal nature of language and play skills.
Review by: Michelle on January 14, 2013
Excellent video use to convey the course content, nice references to actual classrooms, therapy, and research.
Review by: Catherine on December 31, 2012
the abundance of video clips and photograph/ visuals to exemplify the points on play and language were very effective and helpful!
Review by: Jason on December 30, 2012
loved the clips
Review by: Nikki on December 30, 2012
Great videos
Review by: Sharon on December 29, 2012
Carol Westby is obviously an expert in her field and she clearly communicated the evolution in her thinking over the years.
Review by: Kristen on December 22, 2012
Interesting information
Review by: Alisa on December 21, 2012
the play scale
Review by: Molly on December 19, 2012
The videos were an excellent way to demonstrate what the speaker was conceptualizing.
Review by: Jackie Myland on December 18, 2012
examples, use of a developmental table, well taught and versed teacher/presenter
Review by: Jane on December 16, 2012
clear & concise
Review by: Louise on December 13, 2012
This course covered information that is applicable for early intervention as well as preschool-age (play) and links to school age (literacy and book reading).
Review by: Elizabeth on December 13, 2012
The topic was interesting and provided insight into the complexity of play and how important it is for children.
Review by: Twila on December 12, 2012
Great examples and video examples of play and how learning and language develop
Review by: Jessica on December 11, 2012
Loved the videos!
Review by: Heidi on December 9, 2012
Clear and concise information--
Review by: Sarah on December 9, 2012
lots of examples
Review by: Carrie on December 6, 2012
Her video examples.
Review by: Melissa on December 5, 2012
It was a good review of play development and how it interacts with language development. She then tied it into literacy periodically. The pictures and videos were helpful.
Review by: Belinda on December 2, 2012
The depiction of the developmental stages of play, language and literacy in the videos.
Review by: Kathy on November 30, 2012
sharing of examples
Review by: Elizabeth on November 30, 2012
listening to Carol Westby was an honor!, she is clear, and generous with her knowledge. Love the presentation
Review by: Michelle on November 29, 2012
Clear examples
Review by: Melanie on November 27, 2012
All the examples and videos provided by the presenter. It highlighted the concepts she spoke about.
Review by: Tifanie on November 23, 2012
The videos gave practical examples of how the information is implemented.
Review by: Rebecca on October 29, 2012
Good videos, although dated. Gave good examples of therapy ideas.
Review by: Lesley on October 21, 2012
Speaker's knowledge
Review by: Amy on October 20, 2012
Great examples, clear, pertinent, relevant information
Review by: Dolores on October 20, 2012
the presenter is incredible. The video clips and slides were attractive and well done
Review by: scott on October 18, 2012
A wealth of information and experience, clearly laid out with lots of practical examples.
Review by: Tzivia Esti on October 17, 2012
Enjoyable video examples, clear breakdown of skills gained from playing
Review by: amy l on October 15, 2012
the videos were so informative and helped see and hear what was being discussed
Review by: Sara on October 12, 2012
I enjoyed the videos, I was able to see first hand what she was explaining.
Review by: Sereen on October 8, 2012
the video examples
Review by: Mindy on October 3, 2012
Review by: Kourtney on September 26, 2012
She provided many examples
Review by: esther on September 5, 2012
The content was amazing but i felt it needs to be broken up into smaller topics that are developed more. It was a great deal of info for two hours.
Review by: Karen on August 14, 2012
video examples were great
Review by: Cynthia on August 7, 2012
Great books, insights, and background!
Review by: Jill on July 30, 2012
Carol's video and real life examples
Review by: Reeva on July 27, 2012
Excellent use of videos and examples of strategies for facilitating play
Review by: Kim on July 6, 2012
the video examples
Review by: Julie on June 22, 2012
I always like the examples and real life situations that make the theories and research relevant to our jobs. The speaker was also well versed in this subject.
Review by: Jacqueline on June 21, 2012
The video clips were helpful and a nice learning tool.
Review by: Jessica on June 6, 2012
Loved the videos
Review by: Cheryl R. on May 11, 2012
Excellent information.
Review by: Ashley on April 24, 2012
Review by: Phoebe on April 14, 2012
It was
Review by: Nancy on March 4, 2012
Dr. Westby's knowledge and scope of experience about the topic, her use of illustrative relevant examples of each of the concepts presented.
Review by: Cheryl on February 26, 2012
The videos of the situations proved strong examples
Review by: Katherine on February 25, 2012
Video and concrete examples. Emphasis on the importance of play, even in kindergarten and early elementary school.
Review by: Melanie on February 25, 2012
Video examples
Review by: Ariella on January 24, 2012
Excellent, experienced, incredibly knowledgable presenter. Several of the exam questions were hard to figure out and I couldn't find the answers in the presentation materials. I liked the two hour format - it seems a much better length for these presentations - not as rushed and could explain the material more thoroughly. The videos and explanations were pertinent and very helpful.
Review by: Christine on January 18, 2012
In some subject areas the presenter went back and forth, throughout the 2 hours making it more difficult to follow, esp in respect to test questions.
Review by: Eileen on January 1, 2012
The videos showed real-life examples of what was being talked about.
Review by: Kathleen on December 31, 2011
really great videos and explanations
Review by: Felicia on December 31, 2011
It would have been excellent due to the many examples and videos except that some of the exam questions were difficult to answer even after I would replay the pertinant parts of the seminar. The questions were direct while several of the "answers" in the presentation seemed convoluted.
Review by: adam on December 31, 2011
all good.
Review by: Cynthia on December 29, 2011
Dr. Westby is an excellent presenter with an easy to listen to voice quality, interesting examples and clear explanations.
Review by: Sarah on December 26, 2011
I enjoyed the topic and found the content helpful. I felt a little bit confused by the orginization, perhaps becuase it is usualy presented in a longer setting.
Review by: Nancy on December 22, 2011
Lots of great information to share with teachers about play, and lots to take back for functional ideas!
Review by: keren on December 21, 2011
very relevant content to working with young childrenclear presentation
Review by: Sarah on December 15, 2011
This course directly corresponds with the setting where I am employed. I work in a precschool where 60% of the children have developmental delays and 40% are typically developing. The ideas I have gained through this presentation and the theories presented will greatly help me serve these children more effectively.
Review by: Laura on December 11, 2011
The information was interesting and well organized. Video clips and real-life examples were helpful
Review by: Louise on December 10, 2011
The videos showing children playing in ways that demonstrated the course material.
Review by: Lucy on November 30, 2011
Content was very relevant to my work. The videos were great to illustrate the points she made.
Review by: Maria on November 27, 2011
Dr. Westby has a wonderful way of presenting so much valuable and important information in such a way that keeps me interested the entire time. That two hours went by fast!
Review by: Chrysta on November 26, 2011
very interesting!
Review by: Joanna on November 24, 2011
real examples from the videos
Review by: Rebecca on November 18, 2011
Exploring literacy and pretend play with real life videos combined with research and theory.
Review by: Dawn on November 8, 2011
presentation of theory then examples of therapy activities in video
Review by: Sally on November 3, 2011
Her many examples and stories helped to make the new information more salient and interesting.
Review by: Jennifer on October 13, 2011
The video examples!!
Review by: Amy on October 8, 2011
some useful therapy tips
Review by: Kimberly on October 5, 2011
She presented with a nice combination of lecture, video examples and charts
Review by: Nadiyah on September 29, 2011
I enloyed the video clips and examples.
Review by: Nicole on September 24, 2011
video examples
Review by: gail on September 21, 2011
I loved all the videos and her verbal examples. She really made me want to learn more about this area
Review by: Yvonne on September 19, 2011
It was highly relevant to my profession, was presented well, and taught me functional/useful things I can apply to my everyday treatment of clients.
Review by: Erika on September 18, 2011
I loved the video examples
Review by: Amy on September 11, 2011
Video clips that demonstrated concepts presented.

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Course Presenter

carol westby

Carol Westby, Ph.D.

Carol Westby, PhD is currently a consultant for Bilingual Multicultural Services in Albuquerque, NM. She has recently been a visiting professor at Brigham Young University where she worked with faculty exploring assessment and intervention strategies in the area of social-emotional development for students with a variety of language impairments. She has received the Honors of ASHA and is a frequent presenter at conferences.

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