April 08, 2020, 11:00 am CST - 60-minutes

Play Games, Role-Play, Drama and Movement Activities to Build the Brain

Play games to hook young learners onto learning and create a joyful learning environment. Games, role-play, drama and movement activities are not only highly engaging and fun for children but they help to build their brains, strengthen attention, self-regulation and social skills of young learners. They also help to reduce their stress levels. This webinar session will discuss how to use a variety of games and role-play activities in early childhood and elementary settings and how to link them with instructional content (language, math and science vocabulary and concepts).

When children are engaged in play, they have an opportunity to make plans, and then to adjust those plans in response to what happens while playing the game, exercising executive function skills ––inhibitory control, cognitive flexibility, and working memory. This session will present a variety of games (e.g., Simon Says, GoNoGo, Musical Chairs with a Twist, Charades, Twenty Questions, etc.) and how to embed them within instructional activities and routines to stimulate and strengthen new neural connections and foster executive function.


Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is a highly sought after, globally engaged educational consultant and author with extensive expertise in the fields of special education and early childhood education. Driven by an intense commitment to maximize learning outcomes for children with special needs, Padmaja uses evidence-based methods to guide educators to pursue innovative instructional techniques across the United States, and abroad. She inspires educators through webinars, onsite coaching, and workshops at international and regional conferences. She has also written multiple books focusing on autism, significant and multiple disabilities, paraeducators, early childhood education, and special education legal compliance. Earlier in her career, she was a diagnostician and served as Special Education Supervisor at the Ford Bend Independent School District. Visit www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com for more information.

She is also the founder and president of a nonprofit organization – Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment (PEACE). PEACE (www.peacenurtureskids.org) coaches and guides families, particularly those from marginalized populations, to enable and empower their children towards a positive and productive academic and life trajectory.


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