Play–one of the most important occupations a child participates in. So when a child struggles to play… what should parents do?
Firstly, follow your child’s lead and try to interact them through toys or objects that they find enjoyable– this might be blowing bubbles, building a tower/ Lego, going down the slide and crashing into beanbags, swinging or kicking a ball… the list is endless and meaningful play opportunities are different for each child.
Through these meaningful activities, you can demonstrate and encourage sharing, turn-taking skills, imaginary play and role-play. Puppets, a tea-set and soft animals are nice toys to encourage role-play and a child’s imagination.