Neurodiversity and Play Patterns

This online seminar introduces you to the importanceof self-directed play and how it can support children with developmental differences.

Child playing with multi-coloured blocks
Tuesday, 21 November, 2023 - 17:30 to 19:00


  • Childcare workforce.
  • Nursery workers.
  • Nursery managers.
  • Childminders and childminder assistants.
  • Nannies.
  • Named individual who has responsibility for ALN in the setting.

There is a widespread assumption that play does not come naturally to children identified with additional learning needs (ALN). Children are often defined by how they play, and this can lead to us taking a deficit approachto children with developmental differences and disabilities.

In this online webinar, we will challenge some outdated ideas about play, for example,that repetitive play should be stopped or that solitary play is aproblem. This results in us missing all the wonderful and diverse ways in which children play.

You will have the opportunity to reflect on the different playpatterns and re-think why all play is okay.

You will learn about the following:
  • The definition and features of self-directed play and consider how it relates to children with developmental differences and disabilities.
  • Assumptions that are made about children's play.
  • Emphasise the benefits and potential of self-directed play for all children
  • Explore play patterns and consider the benefits to children with developmental differences and disabilities.
  • And finally, you will be introduced to some new strategies for empowering play for all children.

£20 Members
£35 Non-members

If you would like to join, please click on Register to secure your place. 

One booking per form. If you would like to book more than one person at a time please complete a booking form for the first attendee, add to cart and then select "continue shopping" to complete a booking form for each individual. Once all booking forms are complete, continue to checkout.  

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This event will be delivered through the medium of English. If you require an English – Welsh interpretation service* please indicate your preferred language on the booking form.

*Please note, an interpretation service will only be available when at least 20% of attendees have indicated they require one.

Not a member? Membership is currently FREE, visit our membership page for more details.