February 19, 2023

Unlock Your Child’s Potential: Learning Through Play

Laura Gencarella Speech Therapist in Charlotte, NC

Laura Gencarella
Owner, Speaking Sensory LLC

Speaking Sensory speech therapy session in Charlotte, NC

As a parent, it’s important to understand how play helps children develop. Play can help children with physical, cognitive, and language skills. It helps them learn how to problem solve and think creatively. Purposeful developmental play is even more beneficial because it combines activities that teach academic concepts in addition to building social-emotional skills like self-regulation and communication.

When kids are given the opportunity to practice these skills through purposeful play, they are better able to transition into formal education settings. Speech and occupational therapists provide an invaluable role in helping facilitate this learning journey for young children during this crucial period of development.

Speech therapy focuses on helping children develop language skills which include understanding and using words correctly as well as developing social skills related to communication. Through play-based activities, speech therapists can help children learn how to effectively express themselves, take turns during conversations and understand verbal directions.

Occupational therapy concentrates on helping kids with the skills they need for everyday life such as motor development, sensory processing and self-care activities. Through purposeful play, occupational therapists are able to use activities that focus on improving muscle strength and coordination so that children can successfully carry out tasks.

By combining the unique knowledge of both speech and occupational therapy into purposeful developmental play, children can get the most out of their learning experience. Parents should look for ways to incorporate these beneficial practices at home or in early learning environments. This will give children the opportunity to develop the skills needed to grow and thrive in the future.

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