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The Value of Pretend

By | October 21, 2011 - 5:18 pm

THE VALUE OF PRETEND

Halloween is coming and people young and old are looking forward to dressing up and pretending to be something else for a day. Make believe is fun, silly, freeing and it’s also important to a young child’s development. Many say that “Play is a child’s work” so just how do pretending, playing and imagining play a part in helping us grow up? Joining host Shana Sheehy in the studio are Dr. Robert Capuozzo, a Early Childhood Development professor at UAA as well as a parent educator at Providence Medical Center, and Shona Strauser, Education Director at Perseverance Theater in Juneau.

ALSO THIS HOUR – How play-therapy helps children and families to trust and communicate; adults tell us what their favorite pretend games were in a new installment of When I Was Young; Dr. KTD is back and this time it’s about handling your child’s imaginary friends.

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