Play: Mental Health & Stress-Relief

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1 Hour

Play: Mental Health & Stress-Relief


Audrey Rowland

Audrey is a Master Trainer with the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System (#1743).
Audrey Rowland has over 20 years of experience as an early childhood professional. She is grounded in theory and practice that emphasizes developmentally appropriate practice and high-quality early education. Audrey earned a MS from the University of North Texas in Child Development and Family Studies and a MBA from Texas Woman’s University.

About this course

Through independent and child directed play, children work through emotions at their own pace and in their own way. Play allows a safe place to practice resilience, failure, disappointment, and success when the stakes are low enough to be manageable. Play releases stress and lowers anxiety.

In this series we will explore the role of play in the development of the brain, body and behavior. A childhood rich in play experience is the foundation to success in school and life - building knowledge, curiosity, resilience, communication, initiative, collaboration, and confidence. Play helps children and adults regulate emotions and alleviate stress. Supporting play is one of the most critical responsibilities we have to our children.