Community Education Series: The Importance of Play

Start Date: November 16, 2017 6:00pm
End Date: November 16, 2017 7:00pm
Location: Wolf Life Transitions Center

CDS Life Transitions' Allentoff Institute will be hosting an informational session to discuss the importance of play in the development of social, emotional, cognitive, and motor skills in individuals with developmental disabilities.

This session will focus on providing understanding of why play is an important tool in building social, emotional, cognitive and motor skills.  Stages of play will be introduced and examples of how various skills are developed through play will be provided.  Attendees will learn simple ways to incorporate skill development into every day play activities, as well as how to turn "play" into an opportunity to learn. The session will also include a short presentation on CDS Monarch’s Autism Skill Building Program in which play is a significant factor in the building of social skills in children and teens diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The speaker, Kristen Klyczek, PT, PhD is a licensed Physical Therapist in the State of New York.  She is a graduate of Daemen College and earned her PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University at Buffalo.  Kristen has been working with children with a variety of disabilities for over 15 years. Kristen has conducted research on the sensory processing and motor skills of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Kristen is proud to be the only clinician in the area who has been Advanced Mentored in Sensory Processing Disorders from the STAR Center, in Denver, CO where she trained under the direction of Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and Dr. Sarah Schoen.  She shares her expertise by training caregivers, professionals and students throughout the Western New York area.

For more information, or to register for the session, please contact Jeremy Cowie at or 585-347-1605.