Physical, Cognitive, and Emotional Development

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How play addresses Adaptive (Self-Help) Skill development Uses non-judgmental ways to increase self-esteem in uncomfortable physical or emotional situations Brings humor into the child's life increasing their own sense of wanting to develop skills or, if challenged, to overcome those challenges. How play addresses Communication (Language) development Requires children to find new ways of expressing more complex thoughts depending on their situation. When playing with others, requires the ability to speak clearly and make the other person understand, and also learn new words for new things and concepts. Brings real-world language development into the child's personal universe It's All Play! References Association of Play Therapy. (2001, June). Play Therapy. Association Newsletter, 20, p. 20. Drewes, A. e. (2009). Blending Play Therapy with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. New York: Wiley. Phillips, R. (2010). How Firm is Our Foundation? Current Play Therapy research. International Journal of PLay Therapy, 19(1), 13-25. Ray, Bratton, Rhine, and Jones. (2001). The Effectiveness of Play Therapy: Resopnding to the Critics. International Journal of Play Therapy, 10(1), 85-108. How play addresses Cognitive (Thinking Skills) development Causes children to find new and innovative ways to solve problems that are unique to them. Moves the child from the rote of "what it is" to the more advanced levels of "how can I use this" Increases creativity and
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