DO YOU KNOW PLAY HELPS CHILDREN WITH AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS
read a quote credited to Dr Stuart Brown, “Nothing lights up a child’s brain
like play”. It is said that children learn by play, and play is important for
healthy development in children. According to Jona K. Anderson and Sandra J.
Bailey, 75% of brain development happens after birth, and play helps with that
development by stimulating the brain through the formation of connections
between nerve cells. Play helps with development of fine and gross motor
skills, language and communication, socialization skills, creative and thinking
skills. Children learn to solve problems in play (The Importance of Play in
Early Childhood Development, www.msuextension.org).
man and his team has taken this literally and they play with all children,
helping to boost their development. This program is directed at children with
developmental delays and all other children. The children they work with build
different skills as they play together.
The Playsmart Concept is a full service child development consultancy that works
with the global concept of ‘play’. They provide play based programs for preschools and
primary schools called Smart Play, with emphasis on learning readiness. They also
provide support in form of therapy for children with developmental delays.
According to them, their main focus is promoting and providing
play based programs for children and support for children with developmental
delays. Having worked for close to 10 years with children with developmental
delays, they have seen that every child develops optimally when exposed to
developmentally appropriate play based programs.
As you should be aware, children with autism have developmental
delays, so Playsmart Concepts provides opportunities for children with autism
to develop earlier through play.
I first heard of
Playsmart Concepts when I saw an advert for their Saturday play programs. Then
I asked to volunteer at one of their programs, and I saw how all the children
responded very well. And they had testimonies of the children I could recognize
as being on the autism spectrum, how they had made progress in the time they
had spent attending their programs.
The play program created an inclusive environment, as there was no segregation or
discrimination. A child cannot be wrong in play, so all the children had free
expression of themselves. I saw a child who didn’t seem like she wanted to play
with the others when she came in lighten up as the play progressed.
The Playsmart Concepts team
is led by Mr Isa Gabriel who has had the experience of working with children,
using play as a tool for more than a decade.
I am happy to celebrate
Mr Isa and The Playsmart Concepts team today, because of the part they play in
the lives of our children living with Autism. Inclusion of people on the autism
spectrum in the society is very dear to me, and The Playsmart Concepts is not
only helping with inclusion, but also they are helping our children develop
You can learn more about
Playsmart Concepts by visiting their website www.playsmartconcepts.org