Focus on Play
IN THIS ISSUE:
Author: Mary Gauvain
Author title: Professor of Psychology at the University of California
Description: Mary Gauvain, writes about the complexity and wonder of children’s thinking and of the important role that cultural experience plays in its development
Description writer: Professor of Psychology at the University of California
Author: Robin Balbernie
Author title: Child Psychotherapist and Infant Mental Health Specialist
Description: How chatting with a baby and how we do it such as in parentese, build language, linguistic, emotional, regulation and relationship skills in infants.
Description writer: Child Psychotherapist and Infant Mental Health Specialist
Author: Carina de Klerk
Description: This article discusses the implications of face-to-face play research findings for practitioners, and provides pointers for the various ways in which face-to-face play between infants and their caregivers can be encouraged.
Description writer: Department of Psychology, University of Essex, UK
Author: Michelle I. Brown
Description: Book reading during infancy is a powerful play activity that impacts children’s language and literacy achievement. Strategies to empower caregivers with book reading during infancy
Description writer: Michelle I. Brown Charles Sturt University, Australia
Author: Helen Battelley
Description: The importance of music, dance and movement in infant development and practical tools for linking to specific areas of learning in early childhood.
Description writer: Helen Battelley, Early Years Movement consultant, author, trainer and researcher
Author: Dave Neale
Author title: Researcher in Play & Psychology
Description: Play as an important part of early childhood, understanding reasons for and types of play. Rough and tumble play, Pretend play and Guided play
Description writer: Researcher in Play & Psychology, Game Designer, Affiliate of the Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development & Learning (PEDAL), University of Cambridge, UK
Author: Marilyn Fleer, Glykeria Fragkiadaki, Prabhat Rai
Description: The evidence and practices for supporting STEM thinking, learning and development in young children. How young children can be engaged in STEM, an evidence-based model suitable for educators and families to create a STEM thinker in everyday life.
Description writer: Marilyn Fleer, Director, Conceptual PlayLab, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Glykeria Fragkiadaki, Senior Research Fellow, Conceptual PlayLab, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia Prabhat. Rai, Senior Research Fellow, Conceptual PlayLab, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Author title: Director of the Children’s Learning Institute
Description: The Play and Learning Strategies program (PALS) supports parents to use highly effective responsiveness behaviors that build a trusting relationship between them and their child.
Description writer: Director of the Children’s Learning Institute, McGovern Medical School, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Houston, USA