Yonkers, NY — March 2, 2018 — In conjunction with the Longfellow Lecture series, Dr. Fraser Brown, the first professor of Playwork at Leeds Beckett University, will speak at Sarah Lawrence College about the therapeutic value of play for children. This event will be held at the Performing Arts Center’s Reisinger Auditorium on April 12 at 5:30 p.m. This lecture is free open to the public.
Brown’s presentation will summarize the findings of a small scale study involving a group of children in a Romanian pediatric hospital where the children, abandoned at birth, spent most of their time tied to a cot with little positive input in their lives. The study examines how work with a playworker over the first year of the project brought change to the lives of the children involved. This presentation will be supported by “before and after” video footage, which some viewers may find disturbing.
Dr. Fraser Brown is well known for his research into the therapeutic effects of playwork on the aforementioned group of abandoned children in a Romanian pediatric hospital and his assessment of the value of children’s play behavior. He is the Chair and Co-Founder of the Aid for Romanian Children charitable trust, and a member of the Executive Board of the Association for the Study of Play (TASP). He is the program leader for the BA Playwork degree at Leeds Beckett University and the specialist link tutor for the postgraduate play therapy courses run by the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy. He has presented at conferences across the UK and around the world, and has produced several key texts in the field of play and playwork.
The event is part of the Longfellow Lecture series, inaugurated in 1987, in honor of the memory of Cynthia Longfellow ’72. Cynthia Longfellow devoted her professional life to bettering the lives of young children. This lecture is funded by an endowment established by family and friends.
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