Come join the Westfield Community for an evening of education and insightful conversation on Tuesday, November 30th at 7:30pm, at the Edison Intermediate School Library, located at 800 Rahway Ave. in Westfield, NJ. 

The Westfield PTC Special Education Committee is pleased to present a panel discussing the role of play in early childhood development. The presenters represent a multi-disciplinary team, all of whom work at the Lincoln School in Westfield’s Leaps & Bounds program. Anne Marie Heard is a Special Education Teacher, Angela Lotano is an Occupational Therapist, and Leanne Merlo is a Speech Therapist. 

Attendees will learn about the development and progression of play, language, and fine motor skills in early childhood.  Topics to be covered include: Why play is important; How children with special needs are different from typically developing peers; How to teach play skills and enhance cognition, language, and fine motor skills; and specific games and play examples which enhance these areas of development.

There will be a question and answer session at the conclusion of the presentation.  In addition, Professional Development hours (1.5 credits) will be offered. This program is free and all parents, teachers, and therapists are invited to attend.  Pre-registration is not required. For further information, visit our website: