‘Play children’s mental activity’

In collaboration with Atlas University on Education Services and Solutions Partnerships, DİLGEM’s Let’s Play and Have Fun and Learn event attracts special attention from students. The event features language and speech therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, psychological counseling, special education teaching, pre-school teaching, child development and education, audiology and classroom teaching, attracting approximately 150 different university students. Imported from Germany. , Board games, use of mind-intelligence games, child development expert Elif Nur Ilmaz explained to the students for 3 hours.

Child Development Specialist Ilmaz said, “The element comes first among the reasons that lead education and therapy to success. It is possible to support children’s language and speech, cognitive, fine and gross motor development with educational games and materials. “

“Play is a child’s mental activity”
The easiest way to bond with a child is to emphasize play, Yılmaz said, “Children’s development can be supported in a fun way through games. But play should not be considered as mere entertainment for the child. Zia, the quality of play helps in the mental, emotional and social development of the child, children express their feelings and thoughts through play from infancy, children learn all kinds of concepts and objects while playing and learn the features and duties of their use. Development. This should not be ignored, “he said.

Yılmaz stated that learning to use ideas and objects as expressions and adding them to their vocabulary is a distinct feature, and that while playing, children learned to transfer their knowledge, to take and give orders, to make predictions and to express imaginary situations, and so on. :

“Since children are constantly engaged in mental activities, it can be called ‘play child’s mental activity’. Children who learn to recognize and use new ideas and objects unconsciously compare these ideas and objects and perceive their properties. Children develop the ability to perceive, interpret, evaluate, and make decisions in direct proportion to the mental work involved during play.

“Games teach responsibility”
Touching on the importance of play for children, game therapist Huri Aydogan said, “Play is an important tool for reflecting children’s unspoken feelings. Children who come into contact with trauma reflect their feelings (hatred, fear, anger, anxiety, separation) that they could not share with anyone before, embodying them through play.

Noting that children have learned to solve problems with games, they learn to take responsibility for the rules brought by the game and their confidence increases, Aydogan said:

“The productive traits mentioned in the psychological development is a mental activity that is learned and developed in the game. One of the most important elements that contribute to the social development of children is play, and especially in group games, information transfer, collaboration, communication with people and a sense of cooperation develop. By guessing the role given by the game, children learn the social rules and duties of that role.

“Each game has a different goal”
Kürşat Arıkmert, a special education teacher and founder of DİLGEM, says that “in our country there are very few educational games for child development, the existing games are not educational but contain more entertainment and in Europe educational games are even sold in supermarkets”. He said that he needed to play games, that this culture had developed in Europe and that the goal of each game was different.

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