Pretend play is a very important to healthy childhood development. It is known to researchers as "Sociodramatic Play" or "Imaginative Play". It is a type of free play in which children engage in creative and imaginative social interactions. Pretend play has been shown to effectively promote the development of social, emotional, physical, and cognitive skills in children especially with autistic children. Parents, teachers and or caregivers should create opportunities for children which allow their imagination to be released by...
- Providing an environment that permits a child to explore every possibility without undue restraints
- Let children express their ideas rather than imposing adult ideas upon them
- Set up real life situations for solving problems
- Allow a child the time to explore original ideas rather than what is popular
- Help them work through the process of solving problems