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The Power of Play

Press release from Hadley School for the Blind

Abstract: An announcement from Hadley School for the Blind describing their new course, "Learning Through Play."

Key Words: News & Views, blind, deafblind, Hadley School for the Blind, child development, play

Did you know that play is not only entertaining but also essential to a child's growth and development? The Hadley School for the Blind's new course, "Learning Through Play," explains how play teaches children who are visually impaired about themselves and the world around them. This tuition-free course suggests various ways that parents and classroom personnel can use play to help children acquire self-confidence and independence.

In seven lessons, this course explores how play is vital to a child's growth and development. It begins by examining the importance of play. Then, it discusses the special considerations related to vision impairment that can affect a child's play. Also examined is the connection between a child's development and the development of play at different ages (i.e., newborn to six months, six to 18 months, and 18 months to five years). The course suggests ways to create a nurturing play environment. It even describes how to select toys and activities that suit the child. Also included is an appendix with additional play ideas and a Resource List with reading suggestions, contact information for vendors, and related Web sites.

"Play is a child's natural method for learning," says instructor Pam Winters. "After all, learning should be fun-not only for the child, but also for you. This course's suggestions can help you and the child enjoy learning through play." This course is open to students in the Family Education and Professional Education Programs. (Teachers of early-childhood-education vision classes may find the content of this course a review, however.) So, why not enroll in this course so you can play and learn with the child in your life? To do so, just call Student Services at (800) 526-9909.

Founded in 1920, The Hadley School for the Blind (http://www.hadley-school.org/) is one of the largest worldwide educators of people who are blind or visually impaired. Hadley offers more than 90 tuition-free courses to eligible students. The school serves 8,600 students annually, from all corners of the United States and 90 foreign countries. Courses are also available to blind individuals 14 years of age and older.

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