It's the summer holidays and our focus this month is play. But what do we mean by play? And why is a a balance of play activities needed?
Play allows children to have fun, learn, explore, problem solve, and build social relationships. Increasingly children's 'play' consists of a high level of electronic devices and/or computer games. While I'm not knocking this (in moderation), i do believe that too much electronic time erodes into the rich variety of play opportunities that children need to become rounded, competent individuals.
This article by Cris Rowan (OT) is probably more one-sided than my personal view (I think there are some benefits to technology-based play), but her strong views are interesting, and she presents the impact on sensory processing clearly. She also provides the references, so we can investigate further, should we choose to.
Whatever your views on technology and play, I do agree that "movement, touch and connection to other humans" are essential to healthy development. I also think that moderation with technology is key.
Let me know your views!
Clare is an occupational therapist, a lifter of weights, a grandmother, a lover of dogs, pygmy goats, donkey, chickens and, of course, robins.