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.

MB & BB
Words cannot even begin to describe how very grateful and pleased we were with Dr. Pilar Saa and her professional staff of Occupational Therapists. We had an appointment for an initial evaluation with Dr. Saa scheduled a few weeks in the future for when she returned from being out of the country, but we called her office as our 3 year-old son was in some immediate distress and she squeezed us in before she left. We have never forgotten that!! Our son was able to start his OT immediately with the most wonderful, warm, kind, compassionate therapist that we all grew to love. He actually looked forward to his appointments at the play-gym. We are happy to report that our son is thriving and doing wonderfully. We cannot thank Dr. Saa and her staff enough for being such a special part of our "village". They held our hands through every step of the way, educated us and guided us as we navigated this scary thing called "Sensory Processing Disorder". We highly recommend Dr. Pilar Saa and her staff at InterPlay!!!!