The Importance of Play

While play is fun for the child, it has a very serious and important role. Play is the child´s way of connecting with the world. It is the way children experiment, learn about the world, and learn to communicate. It’s a fun way to develop motor skills, imagination, creativity, problem-solving abilities, and mental health.

“Because we are the play things of the Gods, PLAYING is the most serious of our activities.”

— Plato

Play is the foundation of everything that comes later. There are three main functions of play:

  1. Play develops confidence and mastery of the world and surroundings
  2. Play fosters close emotional bonds with family, caregivers, and friends
  3. Play helps children recover from emotional distress

Children who are successful at playing both independently and cooperatively tend to develop into happier, better adjusted adults.

Play is simultaneously a source of relaxation and stimulation for the brain and body.

Ericka C.
We have been a part of the InterPlay family since our three children, who all have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder began receiving therapy over 3 years ago. They embraced our children right from the start and took on the challenge of meeting their varying occupational needs. Using patience, persistence and creativity, the staff helped each of our children develop (and continue to develop) the skills they desperately needed to be successful in school and in life. The staff has been wonderful not only to our children but to us, the parents as well. They have worked with us and provided flexibility with insurance issues, scheduling, and personal needs. They truly care about the progress of our children. We feel so fortunate to have found a center that provides both excellent therapy and genuine care in the service they provide to our family.
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