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Heather Welch
Early Childhood Development - Let’s Play - Research Survey

Early Childhood Development - Let’s Play - Research Survey

At Edx Education we love to play and learn together.  In early childhood it is so important to foster children to grow and develop. Playtime in the early years is lots of fun and a fantastic opportunity to enhance your child’s development and help them learn lots of valuable educational, social and life skills.   There are so many benefits of ‘play’ – it helps develop cognitive growth, gross and fine motor skills, and encourages creativity and imaginative thinking.                                    There have been lots of changes in family dynamics over the past few years, with many parents working more flexibly, which has...

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Heather Welch
Sensory Play for all Children

Sensory Play for all Children

We all love to play they have a natural instinct to use their hands whether it be with sand, water, dirt, rice, dry pasta or other substance like dough.  Children with additional learning needs or sensory seeking needs may enjoy activities that encourage more movement rather than messy play. However play can activate the senses in children by jumping on the trampoline or the whizzy dizzy, great exercise as well as being fun and working on gross motor skills. This also works on the vestibular and proprioceptive senses – beneficial for many children with additional sensory needs.The great news for educators and...

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Heather Welch
SEN Kids and Exploring their Imaginative Play

SEN Kids and Exploring their Imaginative Play

As an SEN mother I need to be able to depict all of Edo’s disabilities in order for him to receive the correct and deserved support he needs. But one thing that still irritates me is when a professional, either in the medical or educational sector, will assess him for an hour or so by giving him standard, and quite frankly babyish toys, and conclude he has no ability for imaginative play.  They even fooled me, as his mother, for some time, as I hadn’t yet realised what toys Edo should be exposed to and what would inspire and excite...

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Heather Welch
Play is Communication

Play is Communication

Play, Play & Play - we all realise it is so important for all children developing key skills. Particularly my son Edoardo (Edo) who is 6 years old. He is still preverbal with limited understanding. He attends a mainstream school which has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) base. Edo was diagnosed Autistic at 4 years old. From day one of Edo’s unofficial diagnosis at the age of 2 years old, PLAY has been our saviour. From the initial talks with paediatricians, to more serious and thorough chats with leading professionals in the SEN (Special Education needs) field, life sounded scary,...

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