Two kids, two agendas, one space, and shared materials--this is what us speech language pathologists call cooperative play. As you may guess, it can be tricky. In our house it can become a long-lasting fun-filled activity or it can end in tears and yelling. Let's break down the differences in those two outcomes:
Cooperative play is one application of how play and language are so intertwined in development. Does your child have the communication skills needed to join in and play with siblings and other children? Stay tuned for our next blog, which will outline imperative communication skills needed in cooperative play.
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Jamie Cato is the founder of Holland Speech & Consulting and the mommy of two incredible kids, Sloan (5) and Jude (2), who unknowingly become the subject of many stories when it comes to the development of language, play, and emotional regulation.