Topic: Parents: Are Your Kids Getting Enough Free Play Time ? By Tara McDonald
Date: Tuesday November 24th 2015
Place: Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT), The Penthouse, Maneeya Centre, Ploenchit Road (02-65205801)
BTS: Chidlom (The Club is connected to BTS Chidlom station by a skybridge), Exit 2
RSVP: [email protected] or 081-8262399,093-1129814
Cost: FREE for IPN cardmembers and Baht 600 for nonmembers (includes presentation, handouts, light dinner (from a selection of 3), one glass of wine and soft drinks). Attendees are welcomed to email questions they have related to the topic to [email protected] to be answered during the Q&A session.
Play is essential for children to develop physically, emotionally and socially. Play fosters imagination and creativity and encourages confidence and concentration.
Play is beyond just fun and games and can be used as a therapeutic method to assist kids in coping with emotional stress or difficult behaviours. Play Therapy can be used to help children with a huge range of needs and concerns including low self-esteem, anger management, low concentration/attention, underachieving friendship issues, bullying/being bullied and others.
Our speaker this month is Tara McDonald who will explain why play is so important, looking at the psychological and neurological factors. Tara will discuss:
· Why play is vital to emotional, behavioural and academic development of children
· The developmental stages of play from birth onwards
· Effects of decrease in play time on mental health and general well being
· How parents can support and join their children in play