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Play and the Brain: Why Play Matters to Your Gray Matter


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“Act like a child” is probably not a phrase that is on the top of anyone’s mind. Yet, researchers are discovering that there are many health benefits to rediscovering our inner child. Play is vital to who we are as human beings and it is an essential component of a healthy life. Play is present in all mammals including human beings. In human beings, it is equally important for children as it is for adults. While childishness is not desirable, being “childlike” is.

The outcome of this course is for the learner to discuss the impact that play has on the brain and overall well-being; the importance of play in human development; the qualities and characteristics of play; the types of play and play personalities; the health benefits of play; and the ways to incorporate play into everyday life.


Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the importance of play in human development.
  2. Explain the key characteristics of play and their relationship to brain health.
  3. Discuss types of play.
  4. Describe the categories of play personalities.
  5. Identify the health benefits of play, including the effects of play on the brain.
  6. List ways to incorporate play into everyday life.


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