9 Things You Need to Know About Play (and Preventing Challenging Behavior!) — Challenging Behavior
Over and over again I’ve seen examples of intentional support for a child’s play result in language spurts, increased attention span, social skills, friendships formed, and dramatic reductions or the elimination of the challenging behavior…sometimes even when the behavior was occurring at other times of the day. Curious? Read on… 1. Children need 45-60 consecutive minutes of play time per day. Play takes time. 2. If we want children to control their impulses, follow the rules and routines of our classrooms, and be nice to others then play needs to be at the center of the curriculum. 3. For some children developing the skills to form friendships and to play cooperatively with peers does not come naturally. 4. Typically we see children engaging in cooperative pretend play by the end of the preschool years. 5. Well, you can if you want to, but I strongly recommend against this. 6. 7. Yes. Thankfully, the early childhood guidelines in many states have similar guidelines. 8. 9.
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