Play in Autism and beyond: A Froebelian Exploration of the Gifts
Canterbury Christ Church University
On Saturday 8 December, Sacha Powell was delighted to represent the Froebel Trust and to give the welcome speech at this conference organised by Yordanka Valkanova. The programme included presentations from Louie Werth who gave a summary of the Gifts and Occupations using extracts from Froebel’s original texts. Next, Dr Gina Gómez de la Cuesta described her therapeutic group work with children using Lego to facilitate social interactions. After lunch, delegates heard from Dr Ben Robins, who explained how Lego and Kasper the Robot have helped to encourage communication and social interaction skills in children with autism.
Dr Stella Louis concluded the event with a presentation that demonstrated the use and relevance of Froebelian principles and practice for inclusive Early Years education.