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Why Early Childhood Centers are so important: An Occupational Therapist’s point of view

The world is constantly changing and evolving, life is always busy with the hustle and bustle of day to day living. When I was little we still needed to dial…

By Nicole Rothfusz

Sep 11, 2020

The world is constantly changing and evolving, life is always busy with the hustle and bustle of day to day living. When I was little we still needed to dial up the internet through our landline and today children know how to use technology sometimes better than myself.

Early Childhood Centers have allowed our children the chance to be children, to learn through play and to develop their gross and fine motor skills as well as their sensory skills the way they should be developed. To be honest, they have allowed parents (myself included) to be parents, not teachers or therapists.

Early Childhood Centers have allowed us as parents to do the fun work, to give the hugs and kisses and yes, to give our children that hour of screen time so we can have a “parent break” or a much-needed courageous conversation with our other half.

As a therapist I have seen the harm that COVID-19 has caused on our children’s development and how it has negatively impacted their ability to grow. Since we have moved into level 2 of lock-down I have seen so many parents suffer from anxiety, depression, fatigue and guilt because they have had to wear “two caps” the parent cap and the therapist/teacher cap.

Although COVID-19 is still here and around, Early Childhood Centers and Therapists have been amazing in adapting the way children interact to still allow children to grow and develop the way they should – through play. They have allowed us to not wear two caps, but to solely wear the cap of parenthood through this pandemic.

I leave you with this thought “Play is not a luxury, but a necessity”

Love Nicole

Baby Steps OT

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