Friday, February 17, 2012

Come and Play: A Book Review

About The Book:

Promote positive and productive play!

Play is a powerful and significant part of a child's life and an integral part of children's early growth and development. When children face challenges in play, it is vital that you understand how to address and redirect those challenges.

Come and Play provides in-depth chapters focusing on five common play challenges—dabbling during play, roaming during play, feeling anxious during play, detaching during play, or being rejected during play—and techniques to intervene when these challenges are observed. Find the tools and strategies you need to support children's overall learning and development, including
  • Background information and key intervention guidelines for each play challenge
  • Imaginative, purposeful activities and ideas to enhance curriculum and play materials
  • Sensory integration play tips from Ms. Lilly, an experienced occupational therapist
  • Individual play plans that illustrate the possible ways each play challenge can be addressed
Age Focus: 1-8. Softbound, 224 pgs.

About The Author:

Aerial Cross, MA, has over a decade of experience as an educator in both general and special education classrooms. She presents seminars and workshops for educators throughout New Mexico. Aerial is also the author of Ants in Their Pants: Teaching Children Who Must Move to Learn and Come and Play: Sensory-Integration Strategies for Children with Play Challenges. 

My Review:

In a perfect world, you would have children who play nicely together, attend to what they are engaged in for a long period of time, and have no reasons to adapt situations to fit their abilities and personalities. However, our world is not perfect. Therefore, we have children of all ages, stages, and abilities. Some children have physical disabilities, some social, some educational, some emotional and some with any combination of these situations, while some have no disabilities to adapt at all. The play challenges are often the biggest challenge for those of us who work with young children. We often struggle how to incorporate play so that ALL can enjoy and learn together. 

Recently, I had the wonderful opportunity to read Come and Play: Sensory-integration Strategies for Children with Play Challenges. This is a book that all those who work with, or parent, children with play challenges need to read. 

The book is organized very well, with each chapter discussing the five challenges mentioned above. The first chapter gives the read a great introduction to the world of play challenges and how to come up with child-friendly strategies to deal with these challenges. I loved that the book includes very practical ideas and activities, reproducible sheets for developing Individual Play Plans, a Emotional and Social developmental milestone list, and play ideas for sensory-integration play challenges at different ages. You will learn about how to recognize a child with each of these play challenges, and detailed activities to use for each challenge. A fantastic resource for all early childhood education programs. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase Come and Play: Sensory-Integration Strategies for Children with Play Challenges from RedLeaf Press online, here.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of RedLeaf Press, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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