Special Education M.A.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

Cavalier, Meg

Second Reader

Julie Winn


The study of play-based learning has unique implications for educational settings, children, and families.,In recent years play-based learning in education, especially for students with specific learning and social-emotional needs, has had increasing recognition. Play-based learning provides an approach for students that focuses on not just academic development, but also social skills, emotional regulation, and problem-solving abilities. For students with diverse needs, such as those with learning disabilities or emotional difficulties, play-based learning offers a safe and inclusive environment where they can explore, experiment, and engage with their peers in a meaningful way. Through play, these students can enhance their communication skills, develop more profound self-awareness, and build positive relationships with others. By incorporating play-based activities into curriculum at school, educators can create a supportive and enriching learning experience that caters to the individual needs of all students, fostering growth and success both inside and outside the classroom.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis