About Play believes a lifetime of learning begins with a child's experiences of play. Our goal is to provide a quality Early Intervention program that nurtures families in meeting their child's developmental needs.
Early Intervention is designed to improve outcomes for children with developmental delays and disabilities by providing early, appropriate, and intensive interventions. Early Intervention is a range of services designed to intervene at the early stages of an infant or toddler’s developmental delay or disability.
Play is so much more important than you realize! Play is how children learn about themselves and the world around them. Play is beneficial to all children.
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About Play provides Family Training and Service Coordination to children and families in the following counties: York, Chester, Lancaster, Richland, Lexington, Newberry, Kershaw, Sumter, Lee, Darlington, Florence, Marion, and Dillon.
We work with infants and children birth to six years of age that are eligible through BabyNet or DDSN.
Family Training is provided in the child’s natural environment with their Early Interventionist (EI).
The EI works with the family through play as the child strives to reach their developmental milestones.
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Laura McCrawEI Supervisor/Co-ownerI graduated from Winthrop University in 1996 with a double major in psychology and sociology. Shortly after graduating, I began my career as an Early Interventionist.…READ MORE >>
Willie Jean StokesEI Supervisor/Co-ownerI graduated from Benedict College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child and Family Development. While in college, I joined the Army Reserves. I served…READ MORE >>
I graduated from Winthrop University in 1996 with a double major in psychology and sociology. Shortly after graduating, I began my career as an Early Interventionist. Very quickly, I realized that I had found my passion working with children with special needs. I LOVE working with families and helping children reach their potential. I have worked in several capacities including as an EI, Data Specialist, EI Supervisor, Assistant Director of EI, and Director of the Quality Assurance within the Early Intervention field. My background in the early childhood field lead me to an opportunity to help build and develop an ABA company to work with children with autism.
I felt like I learned so much from this experience that I am now pursuing my BCBA in order to more fully serve children with behavioral issues. I currently live in Rock Hill, SC with my husband and two children. I enjoy traveling, football season, and jogging when I have the time.
Our goal here at About Play is to provide a quality choice to families and provide every child the opportunity to develop to his/her full potential in life. We believe that play can provide any child with a foundation to help them master other skills later in life!
Willie Jean Stokes
I graduated from Benedict College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child and Family Development. While in college, I joined the Army Reserves. I served for 8 years and learned valuable skills that I still use today such as never giving up on a goal. After graduating, I began teaching at a private school in Columbia. During my 8 years of teaching, I taught kindergarten through second grade. I REALLY enjoyed teaching! But when I researched the field of Early Intervention, I knew I found what I LOVED! I began working as an Early Interventionist(EI) in 2007 and quickly became an EI supervisor by 2009. I have worked as an Early Interventionist Supervisor for two different agencies before partnering with Laura to start About Play. We are passionate about helping children with developmental delays and their families so I knew About Play would be a perfect fit. Here at About Play, we believe children and their families need quality services while making learning fun through play. Although some children have disabilities or developmental delays, I believe ALL children CAN learn and strive to reach their developmental milestones.
My favorite quote from being a teacher to being an EI is:
“If you give a man a fish, he will eat for a day. But if you teach him how to fish, he will eat for a lifetime.” - Chinese Proverb
I currently live in Columbia, SC with my husband, son, and daughter. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, playing softball and Zumba classes! I am a positive person and so I try to turn every situation into having a positive outcome.