ERIC Number: ED411940
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
Special Play: A Parent/Child Activity To Encourage Positive Behaviors.
Walaitis, Lisa A.
This guide explains the concept of "special play" and provides instructions for parents on how to use this daily 15-minute play period to encourage positive behaviors in their young children. The purpose of special play is to create situations in which children become aware of feelings that they have not previously recognized, build children's feeling of trust in their caregiver, and build children's self-confidence. During these daily sessions, parents should watch the child carefully, talk about what the child is doing, mimic the child's actions, play alongside them, and let the child lead the interaction. Parents should not teach, boss, or judge the child, but simply follow their lead and play with them. The guide discusses limits and restrictions for special play, along with suggestions for special play activities at dressing/undressing time, mealtime, while riding in the car, and at bath time. Self-evaluative questions are included for parents, as well as a form for recording individual adult-child interactions. (MDM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Illinois Family Literacy Conference (Springfield, IL, May 15-16, 1997).