Play is vital to children's overall healthy development. When they have difficulty joining play or participating in group play, it's important to pinpoint the challenges that are occurring.
This workbook focuses on the reasons why play might not be easy for children-due to language delays, shyness, special needs, or trauma, for example-and provides specific language and activities to facilitate play and help children improve their play skills. It also presents self-assessments, reflection questions, exercises, and specific ways you can help children develop deeper, more meaningful play experiences.
Sandra Heidemann's many roles in the early childhood field have included teaching in regular and therapeutic preschool classrooms, leading workshops, serving as past president of the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children, and co-directing a family support program. She is the classroom coordinator of Numbers Work!, an early math professional development initiative.