•  August 2, 2023
     9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Terror in the Toybox: Trauma’s Influence on the Play of Young Children With Disabilities

Learning Level 2: Intermediate/Application

Intended Audience – Administrators, ECSE/General Educators, Paraeducators, Family Members, Family Educators, Psychologists, Social Workers, SLPs, OT/PTs

Description – Having a disability may put children at greater risk for child abuse and medical trauma. When trauma occurs during early childhood it often impacts play, influencing themes displayed, interactions with peers and toys, and the child’s cognitive capacity for engagement. This workshop will explore how experiencing trauma changes play and development and what early childhood professionals can do to foster play skills and healthy development. Special attention will be given to incorporating these supports into IEP and 504 plans. The presenter recommends basic trauma training prior to participating in Terror in the Toybox. If you have not already taken such training, our on-demand Moodle course – Introduction to Trauma: For Early Childhood Professionals (1.0 contact hour, online, on demand) would be helpful. Read more and register at https://starnet.org/home/on-demand-lessons-for-childhood-professionals/.

Continuing Education – This training will provide 5 contact hours for the following:

  • Educator License Renewal
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) 3
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area E (Org. ID# B40093, Event ID# )

Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.


  • Elizabeth Frisbie
    Elizabeth Frisbie has worked with young children, their families and educators for over 25 years as a psychotherapist, behavior specialist, mental health consultant and parent educator. She holds masters degrees in education and clinical child/family psychology and the Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Credential and is a certified parent educator. Elizabeth has completed advanced training in early childhood special education, play therapy and reflective practice.


1701 East Main Street, Urbana, Illinois, 61802, United States

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