What is play?

Play is a way the child learns about themselves and others, is able to explore their world and make meaning around it, learns to be creative and innovative and expresses their inner self. Play is all-encompassing, non-judgemental and provides the child with a safe medium for learning about their world and others. Play builds relationships and connections. Play stimulates the brain, emotions and the physical self.

Play gives feelings of happiness, of the suspension of reality. Through play, children develop and grow as humans. Through learning about themselves they learn about their preferences and their abilities, making meaning of life experiences through role-play. Play involves curiosity and discovery, creativity, communication,imagination and fun. In play it is the process not the product that is important.

At My Therapy House® playfulness is at the centre of everything we do. You can learn more about different types of play below:

Exploratory Play

The child explores the world around them using all their senses to discover the texture and function of things.

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Solitary Play

The child explores all aspects of their environment from the sound of their own voice and the feel of their own body, apparently uninterested or unaware of what others are doing.

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Parallel Play

The child plays near another child, possibly interested in what the other is doing, but not interfering or getting involved.

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Interactive Play

The child is interested in playing with other children, and beginning to communicate, socialise, and share with others.

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Cooperative Play

Children sharing their efforts to reach a common goal, interacting with each other, expressing thoughts and trying out new ideas.

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