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Training new doctors through child’s play

19 April, 2019
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There is an old adage, that children are the best teachers. And for health professional students on their way to becoming doctors, nurses and allied health professionals, making children feel comfortable and cared for is an important skill to learn.
Good communication skills in health practitioners have been shown to be associated with benefits for patients including improved quality of life and symptom improvement, increased adherence to treatment plans and better management of chronic conditions.  Full blog

 

Shaped by play and inclusive play

16 April, 2019
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Play has an invaluable role in encouraging child development. But play isn’t just one thing. It’s an invitation to explore, learn and grow. Play opens up a world of possibilities.

 

Play—on a playground, in a soccer game or at an art studio—teaches kids how to not only exist together but to accept people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. In other words, play helps shape kids into thinkers, dreamers, and leader.  Full blog

 

Shaped by play and inclusive play

29 March, 2019
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Play has an invaluable role in encouraging child development. But play isn’t just one thing. It’s an invitation to explore, learn and grow. Play opens up a world of possibilities.  Full blog

 

Rethinking the rights of children for the internet age

21 March, 2019
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The internet is now 30 years old, making it the same age as the key formulation of children’s rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In the intervening years, our understanding of the transformative effects of the internet on both society and children have developed in tandem.  Full blog

 

The spectacular science behind puddle stomping

19 March, 2019
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It’s easy to forget about the little things kids need to learn in childhood beyond book work. There’s so much focus on the ABCs and the 123s that sometimes the developmental things, like how much force to use during certain activities, slip by us. These untestable skills hold their merit. As adults we need to know how much force is acceptable in a hand-shake and how that force differs from what’s needed to use a hammer. These are not things we innately know. They must be learned!  Full blog

 

Risk, fear and freedom: a plea to parents by Tim Gill

13 March, 2019
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Children hunger for a taste of freedom. They are strongly driven to get to grips with the people, places and things around them. To figure stuff out for themselves, to learn new skills, and to build their self-confidence and their sense of what they are capable of.   Full blog

 

The Right Brain Develops First ~ Why Play is the Foundation for Academic Learning

13 March, 2019
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Did you know that the right brain develops first? It does so by the time children are 3-4 years of age. The left brain, on the other hand, doesn’t fully come online until children are approximately seven years old; hence the first seven years being recognized as such a critical period in child development.

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” ~ Albert Einstein

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