Early Years Development and Learning Through Intentional Play

“The experiences we engage in during our early years of life introduce, develop and refine skills that our brains and bodies will need to access throughout our lives.”

In the book ‘101 Games and Activities for children with Autism, Asperger’s and Sensory Processing Disorders’ (2000) Tara Delaney details an array of engaging activities to involve our young children in. Engaging children in intentional learning throughout their early years is absolutely vital to the future developments of a child - whether in regards to self esteem, cognitive skills, neurological or holistic development, educational experiences during the early years can be considered the bedrock of the shape a child’s life will take. Because a child’s brain is in a constant state of gathering, storing and retrieving information while developing, this period of their life is the optimal time for learning.