Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is the real work of childhood.”  (Fred Rogers) 

Play is so important that it has been recognized as “a right of every child” by the United Nations. “Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth.” (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2007) Play offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children, helping to build strong, healthy, resilient families.

Participants will be given the opportunity to learn about and engage in activities that can be used with/taught to families that are low to no cost; simple ways for families to be strengthened, and in some cases given hope and healing from the trauma and toxic stress they have experienced. Family bonds are strengthened, and children experience the love, acceptance and sense of belonging they desire and need to be resilient and face the challenges of life. 

Objectives:

Participants will be able to name/explain/use:

  • The importance and benefits of play for children, youth and families
  • Activities that can be immediately implemented with families in their communities
  • Strategies and information to enhance their advocacy skills

Sources:

  • United Nations, defines “play”
  • Fred Rogers, on “play”
  • American Academy of Pediatrics

Format:  PowerPoint, Facilitated Discussion, Interactive Activities, Videos

Duration: 

  • 1 to 1.5 hrs. (Conferences only)
  • 3 hr. Workshop

 

(CB, KD)