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PLAY – Essential Occupational Occupation of Childhood

Play provides a window through which development can be understood and appreciated. Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth.

Research continues to point out that young children learn best through meaningful play experiences. As parents and teachers strive to provide increasingly organized learning experiences for children, the opportunities for free play – especially outdoors, is becoming less of a priority. Ironically, it is through active free play outdoors where children start to build many of the foundational life skills they need in order to be successful for years to come.

Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development.

SO LET OUR CHILDREN PLAY… AND DON’T FEEL RESPONSIBLE FOR BEING YOUR CHILD’S ENTERTAINMENT CREW.

Neelam Sukha
Occupational Therapist