Play to Boost Your Child's Early Development
Playing can be your child’s first learning experience, it is how your little one gears up for all milestones you're waiting to document with wonderful photos: sitting up, taking those first steps, or saying their much anticipated first word.
The Secret to Your Child’s Development
Playing is the secret to your child's development; every parent has once read it or heard it, but how can play help your child’s development?
At Micki we have collaborated with Speech and Language Therapist, Jenny Hillier to better understand how playing can help little ones’ development. Jenny is a Speech and Language Therapist and is the Clinical Director of Jenny Hillier Speech Therapy Services, in Co. Kildare, Ireland. She has extensive experience in working with children to help develop their speech, language, and communication skills. Jenny tells us how play is instrumental in every child's development, from the very first months.
Using dolls in play is a fantastic tool that every child, boy or girl, will benefit from at an early age to develop cognitive and communication skills. Introducing dolls to children at an early age and using them for pretend play helps them learn so many new things. Hearing words many times over as parents play with their children develops the building blocks for language, from simple words like “doll”, “hair”, “tummy” to action words like “brush”, “drink”, “sleep”, and everything in between.
"Introducing soft dolls at an early age for children is an excellent way to encourage pretend play which begins to emerge at around 18 months of age. Pretend play is incredibly important for developing a child’s imagination, creative thinking, problem-solving, language skills and social communication", says Jenny.