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New study highlights the power of play

Structured play helps toddlers self-regulate, altering their life course

Source: University of Otago

  • Through simple games and day-to-day tasks, parents can help their children learn self-regulation, a skill considered essential for success, a new study has found.

  • The number of pre-schoolers with behavioural difficulties (including hyperactivity, inattention, and aggression) is on the rise, but current treatments, including medication, have their limitations and are not effective for all children.

Children learn self-regulation through play
  • In structured games they need to wait their turn, plan their next move, focus on the ball, and manage frustration when things don't go their way.


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