OT Month: Play time is more important than you may think

Shhh! Don’t tell the kiddos, but that play time they love so much… they are actually learning a lot through play. Yep, it’s an educational experience.

I said, shhh!

Playing is an important tool in a child’s life—it’s one of the primary goals of childhood (learn, grow, and play). It is your child’s “job” or occupation to play and through play your child develops physical coordination, emotional maturity, social skills, and self confidence.

Because it’s such an important occupation, it’s no wonder that occupational therapy plays a role in helping children learn through play. From infants to teens, occupational therapy practitioners can use their expertise in evaluating children’s neurological, muscular, and emotional development to ensure that children are growing and developing through play.