The Play and Early Learning Handouts have been developed by DOT (WA) Inc. to provide a simple, photo-based resource for parents. The handouts demonstrate ideas to promote the development of play and early learning skills for children. The ideas are fun, easy to include in normal everyday activities and are suitable for a range of ages and abilities. It is recommended the handouts be used in consultation with an occupational therapist or another professional with experience working with children. Funding for the development of these handouts was kindly provided by Non-Government Centre Support (NGCS).

Susan Peirce, Occupational Therapist was appointed as the Project Officer to develop the handouts and is the principal author, having consulted with an expert panel of Occupational therapists: Leigh Dix, Jenny Dobe and Jodie Mazzucchelli; members of DOT (WA) Inc. Executive Committee: Rachael Fallows and Suzanne Wilkinson as well as more widely with the membership of DOT (WA) Inc.

Thanks are extended to the children and their parents who agreed to have their photos included in the handouts and to the professionals and friends who contributed to the handouts by providing valuable feedback.

dotwa handoutsYou may download each handout by clicking on the links opposite. Please note that the disclaimer below must be provided with each handout when using them with parents, which is on the second page of each PDF document.

Alternatively you may visit the website shop to purchase the Play and Early Learning Handouts Package containing a copy of all of the full colour handouts and a CD with all of the handouts in PDF format.
Please note that the information on this handout:
• has been prepared by Developmental Occupational Therapy (WA) Inc., known as DOT (WA) Inc. in good faith as general advice which may not be specific to all children’s needs. Accordingly, DOT (WA) Inc. and its officers, employees and agents accept no liability for any injury, loss or damage which may arise directly or indirectly from information on this handout;
• is general in nature and is not professional advice relating to a child’s specific circumstances. If in doubt, seek professional advice; and
• children must always be properly supervised while undertaking any activity including those described in this handout. Failure to do so could result in injury or worse.