How Play Helps Your Child’s Brain, Part 1

When children play, their brains come alive, and their brain function improves. Play is their work, and they learn so much while they interact with their peers. Notice I said, “interact with their peers.” The play I’m talking about isn’t sitting on the computer with the latest video games. I’m talking about the play we did as children: running around outside, role playing, etc.

Let’s talk about how play helps the three parts of your child’s brain to develop and grow. You’ll be amazed at what a simple act like play accomplishes.

Play Development - Why is it important?

Play begins to develop not long after birth. Initially play involves cause-effect understanding. So, an infant may kick a bell during floor-time play and subsequently hear the sound. Repeated action results in the child learning that the kicking behavior results in the sound.

Later children begin to copy what others do. A child’s motor imitation is the beginning of their own investigative play.

Activities for Kids: Rhythm and Movement

What some people don’t necessarily know about movement activities is that they not only aid fine and gross motor development, but also stimulate attention, cooperation, sensory processing, visual skills, speech and language development, and impulse control.  For a parent of a special needs child, you know it is important to integrate all of these skills and help your child be the best he can be, and it’s incredible to know that rhythm and movement activities can help aid your child in so many areas. <

What is Recreation Therapy?

Recreation therapists plan and direct leisure activities for individuals with disabilities or illness.  These leisure activities can be a myriad of things, including arts, music, sports, movement, dance, games, wellness, and exercise.

Comedy Improv Event for Young Adults

Advance LA is holding a comedy event for young adults ages 18 and up -- experienced improv teachers will focus on improv and public speaking skills such as: 

  • Projection
  • Enunciation
  • Stage Composition & Direction
  • Improvisation
  • Exercise facial expressions & Body language
  • Character Creation & Development
  • Develop Stage Presence
  • Develop Chemistry with acting partners
  • Learn to listen & respond naturally in an unnatural settin
Activities for Kids: Chemistry

If you want to give something to your kids, give them science.  Science teaches us about the way things work, and many science activities are hands-on and exciting.  Get your children away from the TV set this summer with these chemistry activities for kids.

Asperger’s Team Camp: Personal Growth for Young Adults

Meg Fields has over 20 years of clinical experience as a psychiatric nurse, and she has a PsyD in psychology.  And she’s taking that experience several steps forward with the Asperger’s Team Camp, a summer experience designed for young adults with Asperger’s.

What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy.  This service is getting more attention and more and more people are becoming familiar with.  But, do you really know what it means?  It is obvious by the term itself, that music is involved, and there is some therapeutic benefit.  But, ask any music therapist or family receiving music therapy, it goes much deeper than that.  

June Bugs

Summer is upon us now in June and kids often enjoy observing the many bugs that are now awake. Fireflies glow in the night, dragon flies flit around the pond and ants crawl on the ground. Kids can be fascinated by the wide variety of insects around them and want to learn more. Here are three activities to help celebrate bugs this month.

Rock Beettles

Musical Emotions: Insights Into Autism

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”

-Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)