Born to Play Book
Children play less than ever before, yet more is expected of them at earlier and earlier ages. With a growing societal distrust of play, some caregivers have deemed play as less important than rote learning, structured activities and worksheets. What about creativity, curiosity, problem solving, flexible thinking, initiative, grit, adaptability, empathy, being able to negotiate and collaborate with others, leadership… are these skills also less important? Play is essential for development, foundational to learning and vital to a child’s wellbeing. There is a need to support caregivers and children towards more playful engagement in today’s ever changing fast paced world.
This book is for the caregiver who seeks a deeper understanding of how to nurture play and how to create an environment that supports playful engagement. This book aims to empower you, as a caregiver, to understand the difference between play and non-play and to reflect on factors impacting your child’s play. It also includes how-to strategies to set you on a more playful path.
About the author: Anandé Ferreira is a pediatric occupational therapist in private practice with a special interest in sensory integration and playfulness, guest lecturer at the University of Cape Town, speaker and play enthusiast.
Upon completion of her Masters’ degree in 2016, she presented her research at the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress in 2018 and was published in the Occupational Therapy International Journal in 2018. She is a guest lecturer in play assessments, playfulness and play interventions in the Occupational Therapy Department at the University of Cape Town and runs continued professional development workshops and courses for qualified occupational therapists, focused on the aforementioned topics. She has a passion to enable children and families in creating more playful engagement in today’s ever-changing, fast-paced world.
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