Stages of Play in Children

Do you want to learn more about the stages of play in children so you know what to expect? Play is critical for healthy child development.

Are you concerned about your child’s development? Do you want to learn more about the stages of play in children so you know what to expect? Play is critical for healthy child development. If you worry about how your child plays and how they interact with their environment, it is okay! Every parent is anxious […]

Benefits of Risky Play

There are many benefits to risky play for children. Risk taking is so important throughout childhood to help kids to problem solve.

Do you allow children to explore enough?  There are many benefits to risky play for children. Risk taking is so important throughout childhood. This type of play allows children to recognize and evaluate a challenge and decide on a plan of action. What is Risky Play? Risky play has been defined as thrilling and exciting […]

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Inclusive Play – Evidence Based Tips

Inclusive play can help to provide opportunities for children to have fun expereinces, access toys, make new friends, social skills, develop motor skills and more!

Inclusive play can help to provide opportunities for children to have fun expereinces, access toys, make new friends, social skills, develop motor skills and more! Play provides children with the ability to make choices, try new things in a safe environment, and learn new skills. For children, play is intrinsically motivating, spontaneous and FUN! What […]

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8 Playtime and Toy Modifications for Children with Cerebral Palsy or Other Disabilities

Are you in search of toy modifications for children with cerebral palsy or other disabilities? Whether it be at home, daycare, school or extracurricular activities, children with disabilities may benefit from modifications during playtime. The best way to think about the topic of children with cerebral palsy and toy modifications is to always remember that […]

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Positioning for Play

During physical play time, children tend to move through various positions and during sedentary play time children tend to maintain the same position for a longer period of time. For example, when playing hide and go seek children move in all different ways such as sitting, crawling, squatting, walking or running. In contrast, when completing […]

Universal Design, Play Time and Motor Learning

Here are 5 suggestions to combine universal design, play and motor learning to allow play to be accessible to all children.

Universal design is the idea that activities should be accessible to all people including those with disabilities.  When there are multiple ways to present, use and play with a toy, it can help benefit all children to play regardless of their abilities.  In short, toys need to engage many senses and require variability of play.  […]

How to Select Appropriate Toys for Young Children

how to select appropriate toys for young children

Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatrics recently published a report on how to select appropriate toys for young children in the digital era?  I am SO EXCITED about this report because it highlights the benefits of simple toys and human connection for children (plus they mention that speech therapists, OTs and PTs […]