Why Play and Games
Play is Fundamental to your child’s learning and development.
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When children play they are not just ‘having fun’ or ‘messing about’.
With every interaction the child is exploring the world.
Exploration allows for understanding which enables higher levels of cognitive functioning.
Play is how we learn, how we begin to interact, how we test our behaviours, explore our boundaries and learn how the world works.
Is Play Scientific?
Children’s developing brains are open to change/stagnation as new neural pathways can still be formed.
In Play More neurons fire which is important in the development of new neural pathways.
Play leads to the release of opioids and oxytocin so children feel less aggressive/anxious, safe, calm and psychologically strong, and are better able to learn.
The Therapeutic Benefits of Play
Overcome behavioural, emotional and social issues
Aid social interaction
Develop an understanding of oneself and the social world
Helping toward better social integration, growth and development.
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Through Play we can
Develop logical and creative thinking (cognitive ability) • Improve fine and gross motor skills
Develop language and communication
Work toward relationship building – developing social and group skills
Aid with social, emotional, sensory and behavioural difficulties you child may be facing.
Interest in the World and Self Awareness
The child’s engagement with their surroundings and their ability to understand their environment may be hindered by sensory processing issues.
Play therapy will engage the child with their surroundings and work through any behavioural or sensory issues, interacting when possible.
The play helps build intimacy as the child begins to recognise faces, sounds and speech.
As the child gains greater recognition in these areas, they develop vital cognitive and motor skills that will help with improving communication and building relationships.
Play activities can help the child interact in two-way communication
Enabling better recognition of cause/effect patterns and problem-solving
Helping these areas of cognitive and social development.
Complex and Non Verbal Communication
Complex communication can refer to nonverbal communication, such as facial expressions, body language and gestures.
Play can help a child figure out the meanings of other people’s nonverbal communication along with developing verbal and non-verbal communication.
Interpreting Emotional Ideas
Emotional ideas are a part of abstract thought.
Play can help a child interpret these things and engage in pretend play.
Expressing Emotional Thinking
Through play, a child may be able to better understand their emotions and the emotions of others.
The play can help them develop coping mechanisms for emotional responses to stressful situations.