Educating through play is the cornerstone philosophy at Play with Purpose. Founder Lynn DeSalvo incorporates this philosophy into her play programs, workshops, and consulting services.

She is available as a play facilitator in the classroom setting, where she works one-on-one with students, teaching them how to integrate, engage, and socialize with other students. This service can be provided for as little as once a week or more, depending on the need of the child.

All services are available throughout the state of New Jersey. Other locations outside of the state will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Do you have children on the autism spectrum or with other special needs in your classroom? Are you looking for ways to integrate and engage all of your students? Would you or your school benefit from having a play consultant on-hand to guide you in learning how to teach through the elements of play?

Lynn DeSalvo is a 25-year veteran in the art of play. She is available to consult with parents, teachers and administrators in the preschool learning environment, and speech/language pathologists. While she works primarily in the state of New Jersey, she is available for out-of-state consultations as well. Please contact Play with Purpose directly for scheduling.

Cost:  Consulting services are one-on-one and are $125 per hour (not including travel expenses).

Story Time

Looking to bring some excitement and enrichment to your preschool classroom? Lynn DeSalvo, MS, CCC-SLP of Play with Purpose can provide weekly or monthly extended story time sure to delight your students. She has experience in both typically developing students as well as extensive experience with children with special needs. Story Time packages include:

– Story time with added activity, lasting up to one hour for preschool classrooms.
– Typically developing student class size can be up to 25.
– Special needs classes (flexible, depending on needs).

Please contact Lynn DeSalvo at 201-233-2319 for scheduling. Cost:  Special classes or special activity – $125.


Play with Purpose offers various workshops for educators, parents, and caregivers aimed at teaching the art of play to preschool-aged children. Workshops cover a variety of topics such as movement, social skill development, imaginative play versus constructive play. Typically, the program lasts for three hours and is limited to 12 participants at a time.  Please contact Play with Purpose to schedule a workshop at your facility (note that workshops are available in New Jersey at this time)!

WORKSHOP #1 — What’s In The Bag?
Takes Story Time to a Whole New Level!
Created by: Lynn DeSalvo, M.S., CCC-SLP
Cost: $500 Class size: 12

A jazzed-up story time with book, props, and activity ideas to engage students and teachers alike! The workshop gives teachers strategies to build anticipation, focus, and a variety of speech and language skills. The workshop is designed for typically developing preschoolers or preschoolers with special needs.

Workshop includes:
– Demonstration of technique regarding What’s in the Bag?
– Language and communication skills that target a variety of Core Curriculum goals.
– Theme-related book with corresponding items in Mystery Bag.
– Special follow-up activity.
– Visuals to use with three-step sequence (What’s in the Bag?, book, and special activity).
– Hands-on practice implementing new techniques.

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