How Do We Play Now?

Understanding Sensory Motor Processing in Young Children in COVID Times

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Session 1 - We will discuss how sensory motor play provides the foundations for brain development in young children. We will explore the connections between the sensory motor processing and emotional processing and how the interplay promotes regulation, relationships, learning ,attention, and behavior.

Session 2 - We will discuss how to keep kids moving, playing and getting what they need within social distancing limits. The workshop will include simple games and activities that can be used in child care centers (and at home) to keep children active and moving and getting their sensory needs met. Each child care center or family represented will also receive free toys and equipment to use through a grant from “Charlie’s Toys” (see for details).

This session addresses Massachusetts Core Competency 1: Understanding the Growth and Development of Children and Youth; Massachusetts Core Competency 5: Learning Environments and Implementing Curriculum.


Administrators, Curriculum Directors, Early Educators, Paraprofessionals, Principals, Specialists, Teachers; Grades PK-K


3 Training Hours

Date and Location

This three-hour, fully online workshop is offered on Zoom.  If you have not used Zoom before, please review these participant instructions.

  • October 6, 2020; 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • October 13, 2020; 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Practice Session: October 27, 2020; 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Practice Sessions are an additional optional session, included in many of our workshops this year at no additional cost. These facilitated sessions will deepen and broaden the learning from the workshop by offering a place for Q&A and to share and reflect on the information learned, attendee experiences related to the topic, resources, and challenges or successes with integrating the new knowledge into your practice. 

Cost and Registration

The cost of the workshop is $55. Please register online.

Registration Deadline: Sept 29


  • Tom Murphy photo

    Tom Murphy, MS, OTR/L, ATP, has worked with pre-school children for more than 40 years. He has worked as a pediatric OT at Cooley Dickinson since 1995, with a special interest in children ages 3-5. He worked for many years as a consultant for pre-schools in Holyoke, screening children for motor development and developing games and activities to help improve motor skills.

  • Arlene Spooner photo

    Arlene Spooner, PT, has worked for over 30 years in Early Intervention as a physical therapist. She has also provided PT services in public schools, and in outpatient pediatrics in Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

For more information, contact:
Administrative Assistant
413.586.4900 x5568


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day. Or for Early Childhood Professional Development information, please call 413.588.5570.