Play Skills

Playing is Serious Business – Discover How to Make it Fun

Do you remember playing with friends when you were a child?  The winter time snow storms where all of the kids on the street were jumping in the highest snow banks. Then afterwards everyone would gather...
Social Skills Play

Social Skills Groups for 3 and 4 Year Olds

All 3 and 4 year olds are working on developing social skills.  That is what preschool is for, right?  So why would a child need to attend formal social skills groups specifically designed to...

Importance of Relationship and Engagement

It’s the New Year and everyone is trying to set their New Year’s Resolution and try to figure out how to stick with it. They are also trying to recover from the holidays and...

Kid Generated Rules for Successful Board Game Play

When I think of board games, I think of those commercials we see on TV of Family Game Night.  You know the ones I mean, a group of people sitting around a table with...

5 Ways to Encourage Independent Play

As we move into the new year, we will continue to have crazy weather.  Sometimes weather too poor to send our children out to play.  Yet, there is work to be done, kids to...

Create A Policy For Video Games

No matter what you call it -- screen time, gaming, etc -- time spent playing video games is bound to cause some kind of friction in your home. Why: If your kiddo has ADHD like mine, he or...

Parallel Play: Wanting the Same Toy as His Playmate

Do you wonder why children want the same toy when they are surrounded by other stimulating and maybe more fun toys?  This is typical for children from the age of two to three years....

Why Encourage Dramatic Play Skills?

You have undoubtedly noticed that most preschool classrooms have a dramatic play area well stocked with dress-up clothes and real-life pretend items such as plastic foods, pots and pans, telephone, ironing board, dolls, and...
Therapeutic Holiday Gift Giving

35 Holiday Gift Ideas for Therapeutic Play

The holiday season is here in full swing.  With the holidays quickly approaching, it may be hard to figure out an appropriate gift to give to children impacted by various isms.  Consider giving a...

Solitary or Onlooker Play: Toys and Tips for Children from Birth to Two Years

Children in the early years are not sure how to regulate themselves and they may need a parent available for emotional support in order for a child to learn empathy, boundaries and appropriate social...