Play is Therapy and Therapy is Play

Play is a cornerstone of development for all children. Consider the cognitive engagement when children are working on a puzzle, or the motor skills and coordination involved in playing catch with a ball, or the socialization skills required in playing a game. Through play, children expand skill sets related to:


  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Emotional Expression
  • Creativity
  • Socialization
  • Fine/Gross Motor Skills
Minimize Chlorine in Yourself and Your Child

With summer here, swimming pools expose us to large concentrations of chlorine. Use NDF® or NDF Plus® to minimize chlorine in yourself and your child.

Routine - Change Can Be Good

Everyone looks forward to vacation, right? Well, when it’s an actual vacation from the daily grind, maybe!

Ying / Yang - Balance Your Child With The Outside World

Extracurricular programs are a great way to integrate children with special needs into new settings, form friendships and have some fun. Children can gain a sense of pride and accomplishment by participating and succeeding in activities. Many benefit from the therapeutic value that engaging in recreation provides. Sports, art, music and dance may be highly reinforcing for some individuals. Some children prefer to engage in more leisurely activities such as reading.

ABK - Applied Behavioral Karate

Applied Behavioral Karate is not a technical term, but it is real and it does work.

How Play Helps Your Child’s Brain, Part 2

In the previous blog, we discussed the vital role play has in helping quiet the reptilian brain so your child with dyslexia can learn. Now we’ll take a look at the emotional brain and the thinking brain.


The Limbic System or Emotional Brain

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.