Watch me play! Manual for parents, Version 2

Wakelyn, Jenifer and Katz, Andrea (2020) Watch me play! Manual for parents, Version 2. Manual. Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London. Full text available

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Watch Me Play! is a simple way for you as a parent or carer to help your baby or young child. Being in tune, relaxed and playful together helps babies and children to grow up healthy and secure. It’s good for parents and caregivers too: playing together means growing together! Watch Me Play! can help your child’s confidence and communication. As his or her play skills develop, you can get to know your child better. You can learn more about your child’s interests and experiences as well as any worries they may have. When there have been stresses or worries in the family, some babies and young children may need extra help to express themselves. Your baby or child can benefit from consistent and regular play routines, with your undivided attention. Having confidence that adults accept their feelings, and are interested in them, helps children of all ages to feel settled and secure. Doing Watch Me Play! every day for 10-20 minutes is helpful for some children; for others, every other day or twice a week works well. Children who find it hard to focus on an activity may be more settled when they are in a quiet space with your full attention. Simple toys allow your child to use their imagination.

Item Type: Monograph (Manual)
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Development
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
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