Conference Schedule

The following is an overview of the conference schedule for the 20th IPA Triennial World Conference. Our schedule is based on eight themes.

All conference events will take place at the Telus Convention Centre unless otherwise indicated.

We are working hard to bring you the most informative sessions, the best keynote speakers and the most interesting discussions about play! We will continue to update this schedule so please check back regularly.

**Please note schedule and sessions listed are subject to change.

Pre-Event (Sun-Tue) | Day 1 (Wed) | Day 2 (Thu) | Day 3 (Fri) | Day 4 (Sat)

Sunday, September 10 to Tuesday, September 12

Pre-Conference Tours & Workshops
Discover the best of Calgary and Alberta including the Rocky Mountains!
Tour details can be found here.

Tuesday, September 12

Early Registration 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Day 1 – Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Please Note: Schedule is subject to change

Time Description
7:30 am – 5:30pm Registration Desk Open
7:30am – 8:45am Stampede Welcome Breakfast
8:45 – 10:15am Opening Ceremonies
10 – 10:30 am Break
10:30-12pm Day 1 Plenary Session: Unleashing the power of play in the 21st century
Dr. Peter Gray (US) / Dr. Roger Hart (US)
12-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-3:00pm
Oral Presentation Sessions #1

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Theme: Play in situations of crisis, conflict or challenge
Play and Learning in Crisis Environments

  • Assessing children’s developmental outcomes resulting from play and sport based intervention supporting children displaced by conflict and war
    Philip Cook & Laura Lee (Canada)
  • Clowns Nudging – Experiential Learning in Crisis Environments
    Karola Sakotnik (Austria)
  • Promoting Integration and Belonging through Play
    Amanda Weightman, Amanda Koyama & Dean Bareham (Canada)

Theme: Community and public spaces
Facilitating Play in neighbourhoods

  • Building Neighbourhood Social Cohesion Though our Children
    Morgan Yates, Mariana Brussoni & Louise Masse (Canada)
  • Neighborhood Play: Practice and Results
  • Mike Lanza (US)

Theme: Learning and development & Driving policy and social change
International Initiatives supporting learning through play

  • Partnerships for play promotion – an international collaboration between Australia and India
    Kylieanne Brannelly (Australia)
  • Play it Forward with Playfutures: a global research and innovation network
    Louise Zimanyi (Canada)

Theme: Outdoors and in nature
Children’s Perceptions of outdoor & nature play

  • Playing in Nature – the experience of Tupinambá children
    Christiana Profice & Léa Tiriba (Brazil)
  • Bringing Back Nature to Children Through Play in Home Garden
    Mega Suria Hashim, Ismail Said & Nurul Nadiah Sahimi (Malaysia)
  • Outside is where I need to be: Why providing optimal early childhood centre outdoor environments and time in nature is so vital for the holistic development of the child
    Cheryl Greenfield (New Zealand)
1:30-3:00pm

Symposium/Panel Session #1

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Theme: Learning and Development
Play and Recess I

  • School recess/breaktimes: implications for social, psychological and cultural development
    Ed Baines, Blatchford Peter, Lauren McNamara & Anna Beresin (United Kingdom)

Theme: Learning and development & Child and family health and wellbeing
The case for risky play

  • Risky play and children’s growth, learning, health and well-being: definitions, evidence and arguments
    Tim Gill (UK), Ellen Sandseter (Norway), Mariana Brussoni (Canada), Scott Duncan (New Zealand) & Anita Bundy (US)

Theme: Supporting children’s rights to play and participate & Child and family health and well being
Inclusive play for children with disabilities

  • Promoting or preventing play for children with disabilities in Europe: Perspectives from policy and practice
    Helen Lynch & Alice More (Ireland), Maria Prellwitz (Sweden), Christina Schulze (Switzerland)
1:30-3:00pm

Round Table
Session #1

Theme: Driving social and policy change
Round Table: Developing a Child Play Index

  • Creating a population-based “Child Play Index” pertinent to research, practice, and policy
    Martin Guhn, Alisa Almas, Lori Irwin, Tavinder Ark, Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Eva Oberle, Anne Gadermann, Barry Forer & Pippa Rowcliffe (Canada)
1:30-3:00pm

Playshop
Session #1

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Theme: Learning and Development & Outdoors and in Nature
Adventure Playshops

  • Sharing Memories of Adventure Playgrounds
    Wendy Russell & Stuart Lester (UK)
  • MAP-ing a New Way to Play: Lessons Learned from the Mobile Adventure Playground
    Keely Willment, Nalini Mohan & Sarah Jessup (Canada)

Theme: Child and family health and well-being
Playshop: Play and well-being

  • Exploring the Importance of Play in Nurturing Social and Emotional Well-being
    Marilyn Armstrong & Gina Blank (Canada)

Theme: Supporting children’s right to play and participate
Playshop: A rights-based approach to play and participation

  • Supporting Children’s Right To Play and participate through a rights-based approach to programs and policy
    Laura Wright, Philip Cook, Michele Cook, Micheal Montgomery, Tara Collins & Brijpal Patel (Canada)

Theme: Outdoors and in nature
Playshop: Engaging Children with Local and Natural Loose Parts

  • Loose Parts Work: Lessons from Evergreen Brick Works Children’s Garden
    Luke Howie & Morgan Zigler (Canada)

Theme: Outdoors and in nature
Outdoor Session

  • Adventure Play: Improving student achievement and WB through loose parts outdoor play
    Jacqueline Whelan, Joanne Burbridge (Canada)
3:00-4 pm Poster Session and Break
4-5:30pm

Oral Presentation Sessions #2

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Theme: Supporting children’s right to play and participate & Community and public spaces
Engaging children in neighbourhood research and planning

  • Engaging Children in Neighbourhood Planning Informs Prioritized Investment in a Local Play Space to Increase Access to Play
    Laura Ryan, Sharon Mackinnon & Janet Loebach (Canada)
  • Kids + Teens Planning for Play: 210 Hancock Project
    Beth Myers (US)
  • Engaging children in examining neighbourhood play-friendliness: A participatory research project
    Desiree Wilson, Robin Stewart & John Stark (Canada)

Theme: Learning and development & Child and family health and well being
Risky Play in early years

  • Mind the Gap – Perceptions of Active Energetic Play or “Risky” Play in the Child Care Setting
    Nancy Ogden, Dawne Clark, Katie Jewitt & Paxton Bruce (Canada)
  • Physical Literacy in the Early Years (PLEY) Project: The need for unstructured, risky play
    Michelle Stone, Angie Kolen, Daniel Rainham, Laurene Rehman, Joan Turner, Jane Cawley, Natalie Houser & Sara Kirk (Canada)
  • Conquering the tyre tower: Toddlers engaging with challenging, risky play
    Helen Little & Matthew Stapleton (Australia)

Theme: Community and public spaces & Outdoors and in nature
Methodologies to capture outdoor and community play behaviours

  • The Application of Forensic Playwork
    Marc Armitage (Australia)
  • Hi-Tech Observation of Play & Social Communication Trajectories in Children
    Jenny Gibson, Hailes Stephen, Heravi Behzad & David Skuse (UK)
  • A participatory digital approach to children’s social, play, leisure and emotional geographies in the urban built environment
    Frederico Lopes, Rita Cordovil & Carlos Neto (Portugal)

Theme: Child and family health and well-being
Parent perceptions of play

  • Play perceptions and practices in New Zealand: The State of Play Survey
    Scott Duncan, Julia McPhee (New Zealand) & Mariana Brussoni (Canada)
  • Parents’ perceived value of children’s play: Opportunities and support for engagement
    Keely Stenberg, Ana P Belon, Jane Hewes & Candace Nykiforuk (Canada)
  • Why School Recess?: An Exploration of the Perspectives of Children and Parents in New York City
    Keyonna Hayes (US)

Theme: Outdoors and in nature
Outdoor and nature play initiatives

  • NB PLAYS! Outside: Less Screen Time, More Green Time
    Michelle Decourcey & Chris Gallant (Canada)
  • Cultural Wilds – The benefits of Non- Traditional Play and Learning Environments
    Monica Giesbrecht (Canada)
  • Warm up your Winter with Outdoor Play
    Lisa Jensen, Kurtis Dinsmore, Tracy Thomas & Adrian Merrick (Canada)

Theme: Supporting children’s rights to play and participate & Child and family health and well-being
Inclusive Play Session: Play experiences of children with challenges

  • Play in the Learning Environment: An Occupational Therapy Lens
    Laura Addington (Canada)
  • The experience of play for 6-12 year olds with high levels of physical disability due to Cerebral Palsy
    Naomi Graham, Anne Mandy, Channine Clarke and Christopher Morriss-Roberts (UK)
  • How Developmental Coordination Disorder Impacts Play and Leisure for Children and Families
    Paulene Kamps (Canada)
4-5:30pm

Symposium/Panel Session #2

Day 1 Post Plenary Session

  • Unleashing the power of play in the 21st century
    Dr. Peter Gray (US) / Roger Hart (US)
4-5:30pm

Round Table Session #2

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Theme: Community and public spaces
Round Table: Adolescents’ right to play and the city

  • Urban Affordances and Reflexivity: How the stage of social media transforms public space
    Benjamin Shirtcliff
  • We were young once, too: Lessons learned that still matter
    Patsy Eubanks Owens, Sarah Little, Janet Loebach and Adina Cox (Canada)
4-5:30pm

Playshop
Session #2

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Theme: Outdoors and in nature
Playshop: Introducing nature play into programs for children and youth

  • The Nature of Play – Unstructured Nature Play in Registered Programs
    Barbara Kowalzik (Canada)
  • Nature 101: Introducting nature programming into child/youth courses
    Chris Hicks & Hadi Fares (Canada)

Theme: Play in situations of crisis conflict or challenge
Playshop: Supporting children’s play in situations of crisis

  • IPA Access to Play in Crisis – rights and practice Handbook
    Marianne Mannello, Martin King-Sheard & Theresa Casey (UK)

Theme: Child and family health and well-being & Driving social and policy change
Playshop: Collaborating to build active, playful cities

  • Generation Healthy: Empowering Communities Through Play
    Cynthia Watson, Tracey Martin, Jarret Hoebers & Stephen Price (Canada)

Theme: Learning and development
Outdoor Session

  • Playing with Words… Making Stories
    Tracy Hayes (UK)
5:30 -8pm Opening Reception

 

Day 2 – Thursday, September 14, 2017

Please Note: Schedule is subject to change

Time Description
8:30-10 am

Oral Presentation Sessions #3

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Theme: Learning and development
Effects of Cultural/Educational Design on Play

  • The Translation of Play Learning Modalities into an Architecture of Schools
    Larissa N. De Souza, Doris C. C. K. Kowaltowski, Daniel De C. Moreira (Brazil); Pamela Woolner (UK)
  • With play in mind: a game for briefing school buildings
    Marcella Savioli Deliberador, Doris Kowaltowski (Brazil)

Theme: Learning and development & Outdoors and in nature
Developing & assessing adventure playgrounds

  • Playful Community Partnerships: How We Built the Sacramento Adventure Playground
    Kathy Fleming & Steve Caudle (US)
  • The North American Adventure Playground Revival!
    Rusty Keeler (US)
  • Play Works: Evaluating the Impact of Adventure Playgrounds
    Nicola Mcewan (UK)

Theme: Learning and development & Outdoors and in nature
French Session: Outdoor adventure and loose parts play

  • Un espace de jeu 0-5 ans à Deschambault-Grondines
    Sylvie Melsbach & Adèle Antoniolli (Canada)
  • A PlayPod experience in Paris
    Baptiste Besse-Patin (France)
  • Adventure PlayDays: Giving control back to the children!
    Pierre Harrison (Canada)

Theme: Outdoors and in nature
Encouraging outdoor and nature play in early years environments

  • Nature Playscape Play and Learning: A Photo Documentary of Early Childhood Teachers’ Perceptions
    Victoria Carr, Leslie Kochanowski & Sue Schlembach (US)
  • Niagara Naturalized Play Spaces Initiative
    Ginette Wilson & Patricia Couroux (Canada)
  • Get Outside and Play – Inspiring Early Childhood Educators
    Christina Pickles (Canada)

Theme: New Technologies
Integrating digital technologies into play

  • Children’s use of mobile digital technologies during play: Everyday agency, assemblages and affordances
    Chris Martin (UK)
  • You Want The Glowstone Where?!”: Reflections on Using Roles and Structured Play with Minecraft Videogame
    Jeffrey MacCormack (Canada)
  • “This is amazing, I’m in two worlds!” A multiple reality game designed with children for children
    Tom Flint (UK)

Theme: Community and public spaces
Children’s perspectives of community spaces

  • Our neighbourhoods through children’s eyes: a mixed-method study using children’s drawings
    Christina Han, Mariana Brussoni, Louise Masse, Jaspreet Dhillon & Andrew Wilson (Canada)
  • ‘We just want to play:’ Adolescents speak about their access to public parks
    Patsy Eubanks Owens (US)
  • Child-friendly environments – green space management promoting children’s play?
    Märit Jansson (Sweden)
8:30-10 am

Symposium/Panel Session #3

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Theme: Driving social and policy change
Governments supporting outdoor & unstructured play

  • What can governments do to support children’s outdoor, unstructured play
    Panel

Theme: Outdoors and in nature & Driving social and policy change
Global campaign to promote outdoor play

  • Outdoor Classroom Day – How to build ‘Cultural Caché’ around outdoor play
    Cath Prisk (UK), Ricardo Arantes (UK), Roberta Tasselli (Brazil), Hanna Partanen (Finland), Griffen Longley (Australia), Sudeshna Chatterjee (India) & Chloe Atkins (UK)
8:30-10 am

Round Table
Session #3

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Theme: Learning and development & Child and family health and wellbeing
Risky Play Round Table: Perceptions of safety and Risk

  • Risky Play – What do Mum and Dad Say? Calgary Parents’ Perceptions of Unstructured, Active, Energetic Play
    Naline Mohan, Megan Myers & Katie Jewitt (Canada)
  • Perceptions of risk: How can we change the channel
    Albi Sole (Canada)
  • Considering the voices of children and parents in risk and play
    Nancy Spencer-Cavaliere & Mary Ann Rintoul (Canada)
8:30-10 am

Playshop
Session #3

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Theme: Learning and Development
Playshop: Play as a mechanism for learning

  • Ignite Learning with Serious Play: a Playshop for Learners of All Ages
    Erin Quinn, Tracy Dalton, Stephanie Bartlett & Steve Clark (Canada)

Theme: Supporting children’s right to play and participate
Playshop: Using play to promote children’s participation in their communities

  • Building Inclusive Communities – Engaging Children as Leaders through Value-based Play
    Amy Cooper, Adriana Greenblatt, Julie Kon Kam King & Ela Esra Gunad (Canada) 

Theme: Supporting children’s right to play and participate & Driving social and policy change
Playshop: Development of a playwork training program

  • Level 2 Award in Playwork Practice – embedding playwork learning for a range of professionals
    Martin King-Sheard & Marianne Mannello (UK)

Theme: Outdoors and in nature
Outdoor Session

  • The Nature Playbook: Take Action to Connect a New Generation with Nature
    Chloe Dragon Smith, Dawn Carr (Canada)
10:30-12 Day 2 Plenary Session: Unleashing the power of play in situations of crisis, conflict and challenge
Dr. Sudeshna Chatterjee (India) / Maria Assi (Lebanon) / Theresa Casey (UK)          
12-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-3pm

Oral Presentation Sessions #4

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Theme: Learning and development
Play & learning in early years

  • Research on play in early childhood: What, where and why?
    Kristen Kemple, Tina Smith-Bonahue, Ji Hyun Oh, Catherine Rama & Kaitlyn Tiplady (US)
  • Play-Based Recreation Preschool Programs: Instructors’ Perceptions of Places for Play
    Ana P Belon, Keely Stenberg, Erin Gallagher, Doreen Paradis, Jane Hewes and Candace Nykiforuk

Theme: Learning and development & Child and family health and well-being & Outdoors and in nature
French Session: Supporting active & risky outdoor play

  • Jouer dehors : les préoccupations des parents d’enfants de 3 à 12 ans
    Guylaine Chabot, Richard Larouche & Michel Rousseau (Canada)
  • Reclaiming the school yard!
    Pierre Harrison (Canada)
  • Bouger c’est Naturel
    Sylvie Melsbach (Canada)

Theme: Supporting children’s right to play and participate
Approaches supporting children’s right to play and participate

  • Researching in an authentic  inclusive way when participants are very young children
    Cheryl Greenfield (New Zealand)
  • Play is a Serious Matter:  Young People’s Perspectives on Article 31
    Virginia Caputo (Canada)
  • Partners in Play: University students promoting play in a Northern Canadian Indigenous Community
    Mary Ann Rintoul & Beth Hudson (Canada)

Theme: Community and public spaces
Factors influencing engagement in neighbourhood play

  • What is the Relationship between the Neighborhood Built Environment and Time spent in Outdoor Play? A Systematic Review
    Amalie Lambert, Janae Vlaar & Mariana Brussoni (Canada)
  • Do Parental Worries about Crime Influence Independent Mobility in Older Children?
    Morgan Yates, Mariana Brussoni and Louise Masse (Canada)
  • Middle childhood sensibilities towards physical characteristics of everyday landscapes in low-cost housing neighbourhoods
    Janatun Naim Yusof and Ismail Said (Malaysia)

Theme: Child and family health and well-being & Outdoors and in nature
Health and developmental impacts of outdoors and nature play

  • The Benefits of Playing Outside and Walking in Nature and Green Spaces
    Kim Hunter (Canada)
  • Beyond connecting: constructing ‘ecological identity’ through play in nature from birth to seven
    Jan White (UK)
  • What makes them happy? Exploring the relationship between outdoor play environment at schools and children’s happiness and wellbeing in Toronto, Canada
    Farzana Propa, Raktim Mitra & Brenda Simon
1:30-3pm

Symposium/Panel Session #4

Day 2 Post Plenary Session: Unleashing the power of play in situations of crisis, conflict and challenge 

Theme: Learning and development and Child and family health and well-being
Panel Discussion: Perspectives on the role of adult professionals in supporting play

  • Risky play: the role of educators and playworkers
    Tim Gill (UK), Ben Tawil (UK), Marlene Power (Canada), Helen Little (Australia), Beverlie Dietze (Canada) and Ellen Sandseter (Norway)

 

1:30-3pm

Round Table Session #4

Theme: Supporting children’s rights to play and participate & Driving social and policy change
Round Table: Building practitioners’ playwork capabilities

  • Out of School Care, Practitioner Capacity and Play Advocacy: A Calgary and Montreal Case Study
    Julia Davies Dawson, Dee Dogar, Megan Cohoe-Kenney & Caroline Claussen (Canada)
1:30-3pm

Playshop
Session #4

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Theme: Learning and development
Playshop: Professional learning through a pedagogy of play

  • Playful Professional Learning
    Heather Mckay, Rachel MacDonald & Divya Devender Kraft (Canada)

Theme: New Technologies
Playshop: Digital media & play

  • Bringing the Outside In: Playing with/in Digital Landscapes
    Pat Tarr & Sayward Wilkinson Blanc (Canada)

Theme: Outdoors and in nature
Playshop: Behaviour Mapping Outdoor & Nature Play

  • Learning to use Behavior Mapping to capture and assess children’s play in outdoor and natural environments
    Janet Loebach (Canada), Adina Cox & Sarah Little (US)

Theme: Outdoors and in nature
Outdoor Session

  • Play and Place: How Land Inspires Story
    Stephanie Barltett, Lesley Tait, Stephanie Leech (Canada)
3:00- 4:00pm Poster Session and Break
4-5:30pm

Oral Presentation Sessions #5

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Theme: Driving Social and policy change
Campaigns to promote children’s play

  • The Genius of Play: Helping Busy Families Capitalize on Key Developmental Benefits for Their Children
    Anna Yudina (US)
  • Play the New Zealand Way – Sport New Zealand’s Journey to preserve and enhance the Taonga(Treasure) that is New Zealand Play
    Scott Mackenzie (New Zealand)
  • Taking Outdoor Play Seriously in Schools (TOPS) – Positive PlayGrounds Quality Award
    Jacqueline O’Loughlin and Laura McQuade (UK)

Theme: Learning and development & Child and family health and well being
Reframing risk perceptions and policies

  • ‘If at first you don’t succeed…try, try again’ – Positive adversity in children’s play and development
    Elizabeth Cummins (Australia)
  • A Child’s Right to Free Play: A Risk Mitigation Policy Tool kit to Support Risky Play
    Christina Pentland & Frank Welsh (Canada)
  • Reframing parents’ perception of risk to promote children’s outdoor play
    Mariana Brussoni, John Jacob, Juan Tellez, Kevin Quach, Fahad Hasany, Anita Bundy, Louise Masse, Takuro Ishikawa & Christina Han (Canada)

Theme: Community and public spaces
Creating play-friendly cities – Part I

  • Reviving street play: Prospects for resident-led approaches
    Tim Gill (UK)
  • Cities Fit for Children – The Child Friendly Edmonton Initiative
    Allison Pratley, Ian Smith and Brenda Wong (Canada)
  • Cities Alive: Everything to Play For – rethinking the design and management of future child friendly cities
    Samuel Williams, Hannah Wright and Felicitas Zu Dohna (UK)

Theme: Child and family health and well-being & Outdoors and in nature
French Session: Supporting children’s active play

  • Results on Active Play from the ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth
    Allana Leblanc, Joel Barnes, Christine Cameron, Valerie Carson, Jean-Philippe Chaput, Guy Faulkner, Katherine Janson, Ian Janssen, Roger Kramers, John Spence, Brian Timmons & Mark Tremblay (Canada)
  • Perception of childcare educators related to active play in regard to seasonality
    Mathieu Point & Louis-Philippe Dugas (Canada)
  • The salutogenic effects of an adventure playground: A within-subjects comparison with a conventional playground
    Beth Myers (US)

Theme: Outdoors and in nature
Preschool teacher perceptions of outdoor/nature play

  • A Constructivist Grounded Theory of Understanding Preschool Teachers’ Beliefs about Young Children’s Outdoor Play
    Ji Hyun Oh & Kristen Kemple (US)
  • The Investigation of Early Childhood Educators’ Perspectives Towards Outdoor Play
    Hatice Sebnem Cetken & Serap Sevimli-Celik (Turkey)
  • Outdoor Play for Children: Opportunities and Teachers’ Perception
    Tolu Okoruwa (Nigeria)

Theme: Play in situations of crisis, conflict or challenge
Supporting children’s play in challenging contexts

  • A profile of children’s play in Turkey
    Belma Tugrul, Menekşe Boz, Aylin Sozer Capan, Özge Metin Aslan, Serap Sevimli Çelik & Gonca Uludağ (Turkey)
  • Providing Understanding & Training Methods for Work with Youth problems-“Gangs & Mobbing”
    Brian Ashley (Sweden)

Theme: Child and family health and well-being & Outdoors and in nature
Supporting active and outdoor play within families

  • The Complexities of Living Risky Play in Early Childhood
    Melanie Walters (Canada)
  • The “New Normal” – A Grassroots-Up Approach
    Richard Monette and Lynn Jobe (Canada)
  • The good parenting ideal and children’s decline in AFP: Perceptions of intergenerational changes among families from urban areas in Western Canada
    Shannon R. Pynn, Kacey C. Neely, Meghan S. Ingstrup and Nicholas L. Holt (Canada)
4-5:30pm

Symposium/Panel Session #5

Theme: Learning and Development
Symposium: Play & Recess II

  • Recess Research: An International Symposium
    Anna Beresin (US), Lauren McNamara (Canada), Ed Baines (UK), Peter Blatchford (UK), Olga Jarrett (US), Joyce Hemphill (US) & Ladonna Atkins (US)
4-5:30pm

Round Table
Session #5

Theme: Community and public spaces
Experiential learning through play

  • Playscapes: Learning Beyond the Classroom
    Travis Robertson, Jenn Meredith and Ita Kistorma (Canada)
4-5:30pm

Playshop
Session #5

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Theme: Supporting children’s right to play and participate & Child and family health and well-being
Playshop: Inclusive play programs

  • Inclusive Physical Literacy
    Andrea Carey (Canada)
  • Inclusive Play – providing activities and playful ideas for ALL children
    Kay O’Brien &d Maurice Hines (UK)

Theme: Supporting children’s right to play and participate
Playshop: Intergenerational Social Innovation Play Lab

  • Play for Experiential Learning and Child and Adult Collaboration
    Laura Wright, Tara Collins, Michele Cook, Philip Cook, Micheal Montgomery & Brijpal Patel (Canada)

Theme: Learning & development & Driving social and policy change
Playshop: Empowering adults to leverage plan for lifelong learning

  • Play Every Day with Sesame Workshop
    Bosun Jang, Shanna Kohn & Abigail Bucuvalas (US)

Theme: Outdoors and in nature
Outdoor Session

  • Down and Dirty Play Shop
    Claire Warden (UK), Jill Bienenstock (Canada)
5:30pm – Evening on your own to explore Calgary and all it has to offer

Day 3 – Friday, September 15, 2017

Please Note: Schedule is subject to change

Time Description
8:30-10 am

Oral Presentation Sessions #6

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Theme: Child and family health and well-being & Outdoors and in nature & Driving social and policy change
Campaigns to promote active and outdoor play

  • Impact of the Canadian Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play
    Casey Gray, Shawna Babcock & Mark S. Tremblay (Canada)
  • Enabling outdoor play – Lessons learned to date from the Lawson Foundation’s Outdoor Play Strategy
    Christine Alden & Heather Smith Fowler (Canada)
  • An evaluation of the ParticipACTION “Make Room for Play” Campaign
    Carly Priebe, Amy Latimer-Cheung, Tanya Berry, Norman O’Reilly, Ryan Rhodes, John Spence, Mark Tremblay & Guy Faulkner (Canada)

Theme: Community and public spaces
Creating play-friendly cities – Part II

  • Innovative approaches to the Creation of Play Friendly Communities
    Jackie Boldon (UK)
  • Playbourhood Street Tokyo Project
    Hitoshi Shimamura (Japan)
  • From Play Streets to Play Quarters – a community led initiative: Repopulating London’s public realm with independently active children
    Paul Hocker (UK)

Theme: Child and family health and well-being
Family play and playful parenting

  • Encouraging Playful Parenting through TotsPlay Programme in KinderKaizen
    Siti Sarah Samsuri & Putri Afzan Maria Zulkifli (Malaysia)
  • Uncovering the treasure under the swing
    Yaara Bashan Haham (israel)

Theme: Supporting children’s right to play and participate
Realizing children’s right to play

  • Are children getting the opportunities to realise their right to play?
    Laura McQuade & Jacqueline O’Loughlin (UK)
  • Advocating for children’s right to play and resuming childhood in Vietnam
    Pui Yi Ada Wong &d Zhi Xue Chuah (Vietnam)
  • Play and the promise of Article 31 UNCRC: Can bilingual players in Aotearoa New Zealand sustain their languages through play in the face of the demand for educational achievements in the early years?
    Nola Harvey (New Zealand)

Theme: Supporting children’s right to play and participate & Driving social and policy change
Support and training for playworkers

  • Why play workers need play therapy
    Meynell Walter (UK) & Hale A.Kahyaoğlu (Turkey)
  • Play and education for play workers in Germany
    Gerhard Knecht & Marie Theres Wasck (Germany)
  • Training:  The Professional Qualification of Play Agents in Brazil
    Janine Dodge, Judith Terreiro & Priscila Leonel (Brazil)

Theme: Supporting children’s right to play and participate & child and family health and well-being
Initiatives to increase opportunities for inclusive play

  • Making the right to play of children with disabilities a reality: the COST Action LUDI
    Serenella Besio (Italy), Pedra Encarnação (Portugal)
  • Better Playground – Advocating Inclusive Play Environments for All Children in Hong Kong
    Chirs Yuen, Kathy Wong, & Florence Chie (Hong Kong)
  • Play Midlothian’s Play For All project
    Susan McIntyre, Stacey Marko (UK)
8:30-10 am

Symposium/Panel Session #6

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Theme: Learning and Development & Outdoors and in nature
Symposium/Panel: The North American adventure play movement

  • Rising of the North American Adventure Play Association
    Rusty Keeler, Joan Almon, Reilly Wilson, Morgan Leichter-Saxby, Seniz Yargici Lennes (US) & Deb Doncaster (Canada)

Theme: Driving social and policy change
Panel Discussion: Perspectives on intersection of preschool play research and practice

  • Reflections on the Intersection of Practice and Research on Play in Preschool Settings: Partner and Researcher Perspectives
    Jane Hewes, Doreen Paradis, Erin Gallagher & Candace Nykiforuk (Canada)
8:30-10 am

Round Table
Session #6

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Theme: Driving social and policy change
Risky Play Round Table: Challenging perceptions for risk and safety

  • Challenging Perceptions of Risk & Making the Case for Embracing Risk-Taking
    Bambi Yost & Daniel Jost (US)
  • Why risky play is not in contradiction with the safety standards
    Koenraad De Maertelaere (Belgium)
  • The Complexities of Living Risky Play in Early Childhood
    Melanie Walters (Canada)
8:30-10 am

Playshop
Session #6

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Theme: Learning and Development
Playshop: Meaningful play through loose parts

  • Joyful Learning Happens with Loose Parts
    Linda O’Donoghue (Canada)

Theme: Play in situations of crisis, conflict or challenge
Playshop: Promoting resilience in children

  • Building Children’s Resilience and Participation after Crisis: Equitas Play it Fair! Approach
    Julie Kon Kam King, Amy Cooper & Ela Esra Gunad (Canada)
  • Giving Them A Head Start: 3 Important Skills That Young Children Can Develop Through Play That Significantly Increase Their Resilience
    Queenie Tan (Hong Kong)

Theme: Driving social and policy change
Playshop: Play training for adults

  • The Importance of Play: Play Training for Adults
    Pierre Harrison (Canada)

Theme: Outdoors and in nature
Outdoor Session:

  • Not for the faint of heart’: Life size loose parts
    Lisa Menzies, Wendy Yuen, Sayward Wilkinson-Blanc (Canada)
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-12pm Day 3 Plenary Session: Unleashing the power of play to mobilize for change
Dr. Peter Gray (US)
12-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-3pm

Oral Presentation Sessions #7

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Theme: Learning and development
Initiatives to increase unstructured play in schools

  • Dynamic Transformation & Development of Play Using Loose Parts In Schools
    Kirsty Wilson (UK)
  • School Recess: Stimulating an Increase in Children’s Free Play Repertoire
    Janine Dodge, Telma Scott & Aline Mendonça (Brazil)
  • MakerSpaces: The Evolution of Constructive Play
    Julie Ramsay & Elan Lamontagne (Canada)

Theme: Learning and development & Outdoors and in nature
Schoolyard design initiatives

  • Nature and play – The education of ‘Tomorrow’s Children’
    Ifat Gal Shpaizman (Israel)
  • Re-imagining & Rebuilding Public Elementary Schoolyards: City-wide Initiatives, Strategies, & Lessons Learned
    Bambi Yost, Lois Brink and Taylor Danger (US)
  • Promoting children’s right to play using locally made playgrounds  in Papua New Guinea and Tonga
    Kym Simoncini (Australia), Victoria Carr (US) & Elisapesi Manson (Papua New Guinea)

Theme: Child and family health and well-being
Active play in early childhood

  • An investigation of play in an indoor preschool environment: does free play encourage adequate levels of physical activity for preschool children?
    Barbara Hughes, Ana Belon, Jane Hewes & Candace Nykiforuk (Canada)
  • Gender matters: Male and female ECEC practitioners’ perceptions and practices regarding children’s rough-and-tumble play
    Rune Storli & Ellen Beate Sandseter (Norway)
  • Get Outside and Play Early Childhood Network in Alberta – Supporting Change Through Policy and Practice
    Christina Pickles (Canada)

Theme: Community and public spaces
Play-friendly public spaces

  • Shifting Play – A one of a kind non-profit’s approach. How Parks Foundation Calgary is connecting communities, children and nature
    Sara Stepa and Karla Gervais (Canada)
  • Design for Play: challenges and opportunities in 2017
    Nicola Butler (UK)
  • Public Spaces as Intergenerational Play Places and Cultural Connectors
    Monica Giesbrecht (Canada)

Theme: Supporting children’s rights to play and participate
Play in post-disaster environments

  • Access to Play in Crisis in case of the Great East Japan Earthquake
    Isami Kinoshita, Kumi Tashiro & Mari Yoshinaga (Japan)
  • Play-Oriented Psychological Debriefing Through Instruction: Management of Crisis Situations
    Leonor Diaz (Philippines)
  • Why do we need adventure playground in Japanese Rural Area? Revitalization Project of Ishikawa Town, Fukushima
    Mitsunari Terada, Isami Kinoshita (Japan) and Mariia Ermilova (Russia)
  • Revival of Fukushima – Using the Power of Playing with Sand to Recover from the Great East Japan Earthquake
    Hiroyuki Kasama (Japan)

Theme: Supporting children’s right to play and participate & Child and family health and well-being & Community and public spaces
Inclusive outdoor playspaces

  • Outdoor playspaces as sites of social inclusion: The challenges of play provision in Ireland
    Helen Lynch (Ireland) & Alice Moore (UK)
  • Revitalized neighbourhood playgrounds and social gathering spaces as catalysts for youth resilience
    Melanie Hood & Nicole Yantzi (Canada)
  • Are playgrounds a hindrance to play?
    Maria Prellwitz (Sweden)
1:30-3pm

Symposium/Panel Session #7

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Day 3 Post Plenary Session: Unleashing the power of play to mobilize for change

Theme: Learning and development & Child and family health and well-being
Panel: Making the case for risky play

  • Advocacy and public policy: making the case for risky play, and challenging the blame culture
    Tim Gill (UK), Adam Bienenstock (Canada), Marcus Veerman (Australia), Robin Sutcliffe (UK) and Frank Welsh (Canada)

Theme: Outdoors and in nature & Driving social and policy change
Symposium: Early years professional development to support outdoor play

  • Changing Children’s Outdoor Play Experiences through an Innovative Professional Development Model
    Beverlie Dietze & Peter McCracken (Canada)
1:30-3pm

Round Table
Session #7

Theme: Supporting children’s rights to play and participate
Round Table: Promoting children’s right to play

  • Children’s Right to Play
    Margaret Westwood & Anne-Marie Mackin (UK)
1:30-3pm

Playshop
Session #7

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Theme: Learning and development & Outdoors and in nature
Playshop: Pop UP Adventure Play Programs

  • Pop-Up Adventure Playgrounds: Opening Public Space and Discourse for Play
    Morgan Leichter-Saxby &d Suzanna Law

Theme: Outdoors and in nature & Driving social and policy change
Playshop: Community-based approaches for designing play and learning spaces

  • Healthy Childhood – Healthy Planet: Outdoor Play and Learning by Design
    Robin Moore & Nilda Cosco (US)

Theme: Outdoors and in nature
Outdoor Session

  • Play in the Great Outdoors!
    Lea Komaromi (Canada)
3:15- 4:00pm Pre GM Questions & Protocol Discussion
4-5:30pm IPA GM
5:30-6:30pm President’s Reception
6:30pm – You are invited to: Cinema Under the Stars at Prince’s Island Park

 

Day 4 – Saturday, September 16, 2017

Please Note: Schedule is subject to change

Time Description
8:30-10 am

Oral Presentation
Sessions # 8

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Theme: Supporting children’s right to play and participate
Participatory approaches to designing & planning for play

  • But how do we actually engage children in design for play?’ – an introduction to the Play User Lab
    Karen Feder (Denmark)
  • Playful movements and the creation of play-space: exploring the dilemma of ‘planning for play’
    Wendy Russell on behalf of Stuart Lester (UK)

Theme: Supporting children’s right to play and participate & Driving social and policy change
Play policy and advocacy

  • ‘Let us Play’ – Embedding the Right to Play in Social Policy
    Alan Herron & Laura Mcquade (UK)
  • Play as a social justice tool: Applications of public space theory to play advocacy and policy formation
    Reilly Wilson (US)

Theme: Supporting children’s right to play and participate & Child and family health and well-being

  • Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary Moments: The Power of Play in the Learning Cycle
    Jennifer Hart, Wanda Small & Cheryl Greenidge (Canada)
8:30-10 am

Symposium/Panel Session #8

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Theme: Learning and Development & Outdoors and in nature
Symposium: Impacts of outdoor play training for early years play experience

  • Building capacity: Creating specialized outdoor play training to empower children’s experiences
    Beverlie Dietze, Diane Kashin, Cheryl Hatten & Joanne Keilty (Canada)

Theme: Learning and development & Child and family health and wellbeing
Symposium/Panel: Play policies to encourage challenge in playspaces

  • Speaking of Risk: Developing play policy that recognizes the relationship between play value and safety
    Julia Rousakis & Chelsea Hoffman (US)

Theme: Learning and development & Driving social and policy change
Symposium: Evaluating the success of natural playgrounds

  • Research In Action: The Haysboro Community Park
    Sonja Sahlen, Meg Kendall & Tracey Martin (Canada)
8:30-10 am

Round Table
Session #8

Theme: Community and public spaces & Driving social and policy change
Round Table: Facilitating an outdoor play movement

  • Building an Outdoor Play Movement in Canada
    Shawna Babcock & Christine Alden (Canada)
8:30-10 am

Playshop
Session #8

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Theme: Outdoors and in nature
Playshop: Supporting the provision of community outdoor play spaces

  • Meeting the Need for Increased Outdoor Play & Activity Space for Children & Youth in the Community
    Brian Ashley & Big Britt Almström Ashley (Sweden)

Theme: Learning and Development
Playshop: Pedagogies of Play

  • Collaborating to Support Play Based Learning
    Colleen Friendship, Eileen David & Christine Vanderree (Canada)
  • Joyful literacy learning
    Heather McKay, Rachel MacDonald and Divya Devender Kraft (Canada)

Theme: Supporting children’s right to play and participate & Driving social and policy change
Playshop: Community-based play ambassador program

  • Ambassadors for Play – Next Generation Play Workers
    Matt Leung (Canada)

Theme: Outdoors and in nature
Outdoor Session:

  • Who’s got the bear spray and other empowering adventures of Forest School and Nature Kindergarten educators
    Lisa Menzies, Wendy Yuen, Sayward Wilkinson-Blanc (Canada)
10:00-10:30am Break
10:30-12pm

Oral Presentation Sessions #9

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Theme: Learning and development
Play training & support for early years teachers

  • Freeing play and learning: An exploration of faculty members’ beliefs and practices in higher education
    Marleah Blom & Miranda D’Amico (Canada)
  • Pre-kindergarten teachers’ journey to seek ways to infuse, not impose, learning in play contexts
    Jiwon Kim (US)
  • Digital Play: Embracing pop-culture and creative storytelling in the virtual Early Childhood Education adult classroom
    Carolyn Bjartveit & E. Lisa Panayotidis (Canada)

Theme: Learning and development & Outdoors and in nature
Assessing the impacts of outdoor playspace design

  • Thriving Outside:  How natural playground installations can impact young children’s outdoor play behaviours
    Janet Loebach and Heidi Campbell (Canada)
  • New Zealand Early Childhood Centre Outdoor Design:  creative spaces that maximise learning through engagement with the natural environment
    Jill Rice and Cheryl Greenfield (New Zealand)
  • Urban Playgrounds. How we can find a compromise between children’s needs and city’s possibilities?
    Elena Smirnova, Maria Sokolova, Inna Kotliar and Elena Sheina (Russia)

Theme: Community and public spaces
Creating play-friendly cities – Part III

  • Play and the City
    Gregor H. Mews (Australia)
  • Network of play in Munich
    Gerhard Knecht (Germany)

Theme: Outdoors and in nature
Preschool teacher perceptions of outdoor/nature play

  • A Constructivist Grounded Theory of Understanding Preschool Teachers’ Beliefs about Young Children’s Outdoor Play
    Ji Hyun Oh & Kristen Kemple (US)
  • The Investigation of Early Childhood Educators’ Perspectives Towards Outdoor Play
    Hatice Sebnem Cetken & Serap Sevimli-Celik (Turkey)
  • Outdoor Play for Children: Opportunities and Teachers’ Perception
    Tolu Okoruwa (Nigeria)

Theme: Learning and development & Outdoors and in nature
Supporting outdoor and nature play

  • Outdoor Free Play: Rhetoric or Reality?
    Lisa Tink, Bethan Kingsley, Nancy Spencer-Cavaliere, Elizabeth Halpenny and Mary Ann Rintoul (Canada)
  • Nature Pedagogy- play inside, outside and beyond
    Claire Warden (UK)
  • The OPAL Project:  Modelling Outdoor Play and Learning in 6 schools of the Toronto District School Board
    Brenda Simon (Canada) and Michael Follett (UK)
10:30-12pm

Symposium/Panel Session #9

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Theme: Community and public spaces & Driving social and policy change
Symposium/Panel: A critical look at playspace design & equipment standards

  • Play space design and equipment standards: the case for reform
    Tim Gill (UK), Susan Herrington (Canada), Harry Harbottle (UK), Mariana Brussoni (Canada), Bernard Spiegal (UK) & David Ball (UK)

Theme: Outdoors and in nature  & Driving social and policy change
Panel: Lessons from a city-wide play promotion initiative

  • Leading the Ways to Play
    Graham Jones, Michelle Wong, Julie Guimond & Heather Cowie (Canada)

Theme: Supporting children’s right to play and participate & Driving social and policy change
Symposium/Panel: The role of playwork professionals in developing play opportunities

  • Unleashing the Power of Playwork
    Marc Armitage, Caroline Burston, Susan Vissenjoux, Justine Walsh & Nicole Burke (Australia)

Theme: Supporting children’s right to play and participate & Child and family health and well-being
Symposium/Panel: Inclusive play for families

  • Rediscovering Play: The Importance of Play for Families With Children Living With Impairment
    Brandi Healther & Jessica Schurman (Canada)
10:30-12pm

Round Table
Session #9

Theme: Supporting children’s right to play and participate
Round Table: The role of play in promoting children’s rights and participation

  • Play, leadership and children’s meaningful participation in decision-making
    Sarah Dennene & Laura Wright (Canada)
10:30-12pm

Playshop
Session #9

Concurrent Sessions
Rooms – TBA

Theme: Learning and development
Playshop: Evaluating play settings

  • How to Assess The ‘Play Value’ of a Setting or Space
    Kirsty Wilson (UK)

Theme: Outdoor and in nature
Outdoor Session:

  • Putting outdoor learning into practice through time spent outdoors
    Hartley Banack (Canada)
12-2pm Closing Ceremonies and Lunch
2:00-5:00pm Children’s Play Event at Shaw Millennium Park
7:00pm – midnight Unleash the Celebration Event at Telus Spark