At TLBC, we strongly believe in learning through play. Play is a vital aspect of children's development, as it allows them to explore and learn about the world around them in a fun and engaging way. Children learn through play in several ways, including:
Developing cognitive skills: Play allows children to use their imagination, problem-solve, and think creatively. Games and activities that involve matching, sorting, and building can help children develop their memory and logic skills.
Enhancing social skills: Playtime with other children allows children to learn how to interact with others, share, and take turns. Social skills groups can also help children learn how to communicate effectively and understand social cues.
Improving physical coordination: Play that involves movement and physical activity can help children develop their gross and fine motor skills. Activities such as climbing, jumping, and throwing can also help children build strength and coordination.
Building emotional intelligence: Play can help children understand and manage their emotions. Children can learn to identify and express their feelings through role-playing games, storytelling, and art activities.
Developing language skills: Play can also be an effective tool for developing language skills. Children can learn new words and practice using them in sentences through interactive games and activities.
In ABA therapy, play is used as a naturalistic way to teach children new skills, while speech and occupational therapy also use play to help children improve their communication and fine motor skills. By providing children with a variety of play options, you can help them learn and develop in a fun and engaging way. Even though TLBC sessions look like fun, you can be sure your child is learning the entire time!