Essay Play and Human Development
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The role of play in a healthy psycho-social development in life cycle, focusing on childhood.
Play is often considered a prerogative of children and only an occasional indulgence for adults. Its role in children’s lives is generally recognized as an important part of ‘being a child,’ but it is not always clearly understood that play is an essential developmental mechanism. For children, play is the equivalent of an adult’s job; it is, quite simply, what an individual does at that stage of her/his development. But theories of development have increasingly come to recognize that human beings do not stop growing and changing physically, intellectually, and emotionally simply because they have reached some plateau in life. It is now understood that development continues throughout the lifespan and that play, as an important developmental tool, continues to be a vital human function to life’s end. A review of the developmental role of play and…