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Stuart Brown endorses the importance of play!
In the second keynote lecture at the PSTT International Conference in Belfast, Dr Stuart Brown made a convincing case for the importance of play in children's emotional, social and cognitive development. In an entertaining talk Dr Brown discussed different types of play with illustrations drawn from human and other animal examples. He also pointed out the opposite side of the picture - children deprived of play opportunities may grow into disturbed or dysfunctional adults. (Dr Brown's early research showed links in murderers between lack of play in childhood and crime in later life.)
The lecture provided clear support for encouraging rather than suppressing play as an important part of children's learning in schools. One delegate commented this talk should be the first thing student teachers experience in their training!