Therapists and parents are on the same page. After the novelty of diagnosis is gone, the aim is to further progress the individual. Not to focus on the label. While each disorder has distinctive characteristics, each and every one shows emotional and logical thinking challenges to some extent. The aim is to meet the child where he/she is and to lighten the path to improved capabilities.
That’s good. You’re still moving onward. Sometimes children function at the top of their ability level, times at the bottom. The majority of the time in the middle. This array is especially noteworthy in children with difficult tendencies or patterns in emotional state and thinking processes. Help your child get to the next place of the developmental ladder “at the moment”. Don’t think about what he/she did yesterday.
Interaction in playing together provides many benefits. “One of the biggest things is to not let the children play off on their own. Involving children with useful toys in the context of play with someone else offers just the right environment for learning,” states Erin Kipple, therapist and research coordinator at the University of Autism.
Even though the spectrum of known developmental challenges in children is huge, many studies in recent times have proven that interactive experiences actually challenges the physical structure of the brain. “We now have proof from neuro-imaging studies that new pathways are created and connections among neurons are improved when the brain is stimulated,” explains Dr. Ron Savage, and expert on developmental disabilities in children.
In summary, playtime goes way past just having fun and a good time. “Simply put,” says Ron Savage, “play is the top stimulator for children, particularly when children are playing with games, toys, and people dedicated to helping them learn.