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Early Intervention: Essential Things to Know About Play

CARD Winter Training Series

Dr. Rebecca Landa will present the training  “Early Intervention: Essential Things to Know About Play” as part of the CARD Winter Training Series, a special virtual live and on-demand event, on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Healthcare professionals and researchers working in the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) field, family members, and community members are all welcome to register at Professionals will be able to earn continuing education units (CEUs) for a small fee. 

Training Description:

Teachers and therapists rely on play as a means for delivering instruction and intervention. Yet oftentimes, it is difficult to engage young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in play. Play is difficult for children with ASD. In this presentation, the importance of play for the development of language, cognitive, and social skills will be presented. Developmental play sequences will be explained. Tips for selecting toys that maximize goal attainment will be shared. Instructional strategies for teaching within play will be explained.


  • Participants will identify the main stages of play development. Participants will list three characteristics of toys that enhance the ability to target treatment goals.
  • Participants will list three evidence-based strategies that can be used when teaching in the context of play.

About the Speaker:

Rebecca Landa, PhD, CCC-SLP, is the executive and founding director of Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders and a vice president of Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is a professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Landa completed post-doctoral training in Psychiatric Genetics at Johns Hopkins. She is the recipient of the NIMH Shannon Award for excellent and innovative research, as well as the Rita Rudel Prize for Developmental Neuropsychology. Dr. Landa’s research has focused on neuropsychological, learning, and communication processes in autism across the lifespan. A major emphasis of her current research is early detection of risk and intervention for autism.


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Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) does not take responsibility for information shared in this public event. Please keep all questions general and do not disclose personal health information (PHI).

Tuesday, February 16 at 11:30am to 12:30pm

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