Entries by Jill Perry

Not By the Hair of My Chinny Chin Chin

Who says our kids need pretend playtime? It’s really a lot less demanding on us as adults to read them books or let them look at books (thought this is obviously important as well), let them watch TV, or play those educational games with iPads. Why should we go to all the hassle of providing […]

The Lion and the Mouse

Title: The Lion and the Mouse Author: Aesop’s Fable Age: preschool, early elementary Description: A familiar story about helping one another in surprising ways Goals/Concepts: Helping others Prediction Perspective Taking Not being a bully Dramatic Play Why I like this book: It’s a great story about not picking on people weaker than you and a reminder that little ones, […]

Sand Box Garden

The Atlantic Magazine posted a wonderful article about the importance of play in helping stem anxiety and depression in kids. You can read the entire article here: All Work and No Play. Basically, kids need less adult-directed time and more free playtime together. As the weather is becoming nicer I love to see kids outside […]

Critical Elements of Make-Believe Play

“Research provides more and more evidence of the positive effects that well-developed play has on various areas of child development, such as children’s social skills, emerging mathematical ability, mastery of early literacy concepts, and self-regulation.” writes Deboral J. Leong, PhD and Elena Bodrova, PhD. in NAEYCE article, Assessing and Scaffolding Make-Believe Play Dr. Leong and […]

Let’s Play Animal Doctor

Animals get sick and hurt and go to the doctors – simple theme but oh… so many sensory, motor and social experiences to practice! Choose Your Role We like the kids to have any role they choose and we fill in the empty roles. Sometimes they like to be the pet, sometimes the vet, the […]

Mr. Bounce

Title:   Mr. Bounce (Mr. Men and Little Miss) Author:  Roger Hargreaves Age:  preschool, elementary school Description:  One of the “Mr. Books” that outright speaks to those overly active, well-meaning, but tough-to-manage kids. Goals/Concepts: Self-regulation Body awareness Motor planning Perspective taking Good intentions Understanding consequences of actions Accepting help from an adult Why I like […]

Keep the Peace or Build Flexibility

Many aspects of life are paradoxical and this is one of the biggies for our socially challenged kids.  The children who participate in our Social Adventures Groups earnestly try to be flexible, to “go with the flow”, to try new ideas, or play a game with someone else’s rules, but it is SO very hard! […]

What’s So Hard About Breathing?

What could be simpler than breathing? We don’t have to think about it… it just happens even when we sleep. But guess what? Breathing to create a relaxation response may take some work and practice, especially for children. BUT it is well work the trouble and this is why:   Children who struggle with social […]

Chime Time

Self-regulation is a critical life competency that opens the door to learning, communication, and play. Without it, the brain and body are too disorganized to take in new and changing information. Yet, self-regulation is really hard to teach. We can talk about it. We can practice it. We can provide behavioral rewards. However, in order […]

Let’s Pretend…

Talking toys, ready-made projects, iPads, and electronic games are all super fun and enticing. However, they don’t help our kids develop communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. These are the skills that will ensure life long learning and problem solving not only through school but throughout careers and family life as well. What will happen […]