SELF HELP SKILLS
A child’s main occupation in play. Children and young people learn, acquire and develop skills through the means of play. This helps them to understand the world around them. They learn social skills such as sharing, turn taking and self-discipline, which in turn supports emotional and intellectual development. Children will turn lots of things into play, from playing in mud or cardboard boxes through to computer games. Playing also helps to develop their physical skills, such as running, jumping and climbing.
> When introducing a new play activity create the ‘just right challenge’ ensuring the activity is not too difficult or too easy
> Think about the environment and can it be adapted to make it easier for your child to access, for example, sitting down with feet supported when completing table top activities
> Repetition and practice are key
> Finally make it FUN!!
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