The Power of Play with Dr. Stuart Brown Renowned Author of “Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul!” Founder of the National Institute for Play on 03.23.19

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Play Matters! a committee of the Southern California Chapter of CAAEYC presents

The Power of Play

with Dr. Stuart Brown

Neurologist and Renowned Author of “Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul!”


Founder of the National Institute for Play 

Trained in general and internal medicine, psychiatry and clinical research, Dr. Stuart Brown first recognized the importance of play by discovering its absence in the life stories of murderers and felony drunk drivers.   His years of clinical practice and review of over 6,000 personal play histories affirmed the importance and need for healthy play throughout the human life cycle. His independent scholarship and exploration of the evolution and neuroscience of human and animal play have led to the establishment of the National Institute for Play.   The mission of the National Institute for Play (NFIP) is to bring the unrealized knowledge, practices and benefits of play into public life.  Dr. Brown was the instigator and Executive Producer of the three-part PBS series, “The Promise of Play,” and coproduced the BBC-PBS series “Soul of the Universe.” His experience as a medical administrator, producer, and scientific consultant or creator to numerous other productions on Joseph Campbell, Cosmology, Animal Play, and Stress, plus his scientific and popular writings have identified him as the foremost “practical champion of the knowledge of play.” Dr. Brown’s book: Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soulhas been translated into twelve languages. He co-teaches From Play to Innovationat the Hasso Plattner School of Design at Stanford University, and is the “Key Strategist” for the Nevada Medical Center’s Global Play Science Institute. In addition to regular creative scholarly contributions for the PlayCore company, he enjoys other international corporate and academic consulting on play and its many contributions through their engagement with it, as it enhances overall human well-being. As the information base about play grows, it is evident that play is a public health necessity.

Play is important! 

It provides all of us with the opportunity to learn and grow, and to develop at all stages of our lives.

Research confirms the value of play and its impact on brain development, social connections, literacy and language acquisition, and physical development.   Dr. Brown will share his research on the effect and importance of play in our lives.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

7:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. 

PARKING:   Available across the street from the venue for $8.00


Until 3/21:                                $80  Member                   $50 Student                              $95 Non-Member

At the Door (after 3/21):       $100  Member                  $50 Student                             $120 Non-Member

Conference Schedule

7:30 a.m.                      Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.                      Opening Comments                                                                  Auditorium

8:45 a.m.                      Keynote Presentation:                                                              Auditorium

The Power of Play with Dr. Stuart Brown

The Effect and Importance of Play in Our Lives

9:45 to 10:00 a.m.        Break

10:00 to 10:45 a.m.      Breakout Session I

✪  Thinking Outside the Cardboard Box                                     Location

✪  The Importance of Play in Your Everyday                               Location

✪  The Playfulness of Yoga with Young Children                        Auditorium

✪  Reconnecting with Your Playful Self                                      Location


✪  No Windows, No Doors                                                        Location

10:45 to 11:00 a.m.      Break

11:00 to 11:45 a.m.      Breakout Session II

★  Growth, Play & Vitality Isn’t Just for the Kids                         Location

★  Developmentally-Appropriate STEM Play                              Location

★ Demystifying Failure Through Play                                      Location

★  Reconnecting with Your Playful Self                                      Location


★  The Sense of Learning                                                          Location

11:45 a.m. to Noon       Break, Reconvene in Auditorium

Noon to 12:45 p.m.      A Conversation with Dr. Stuart Brown                                       Auditorium

12:45 p.m.                   Opportunity Drawing

1:00 p.m.                     Closing Comments

1:15 p.m.                     Dr. Brown will be available to sign purchased books                  Lobby

Certificates of Attendance Issued with Completed Evaluations

Good Samaritan Hospital –  Moseley-Salvatori Conference Center

637 Lucas Avenue

Los Angeles, CA  90017

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