Play and Executive Functioning

This is a great article from Atlantic magazine which talks about the importance of having unstructured time to play.

Unstructured play not only builds motor coordination and social interaction skills, it enhances executive functioning which is essential for being able to focus, solve problems, read social situations and respond accordingly, and to learn.

The article also talks about unsupervised play, something many parents may be uncomfortable with.  Yet unsupervised play can mean that parents or trusted adults are available, yet not directing the activity. Children can, and should, have opportunities to figure things out.

As adults, we have to ask ourselves what our purpose is when we try to structure every activity our children do.  We want to provide them with enriching activities, yet one of the most enriching activities - the opportunity to learn and explore for oneself - is increasingly rare.  It's time to build in free time, for ourselves as well as our kids.

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Moira Sullivan

Moira uses a holistic approach that promotes healthy development in the child while honoring and supporting their relationship with their family and the community. A graduate of San Jose State University, she has advanced training in sensory integration, visual perception and visual-motor integration, DIR Floortime, oral motor rehabilitation, strength and endurance training, and myofascial release.