Learning to Play

October 16, 2017

Play is an important piece of child development, in every area and domain.

It’s common knowledge that play benefits a child’s development, so what about children who don’t know how to play, or who don’t play functionally when they do?  Repetitive and restrictive behaviors can get in the way of playing with others, and enjoying toys in the manner they are intended, or are functional.

Since Crossroads Center for Children is an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) school, and since the majority of our students with developmental special needs are diagnosed with Autism, it makes since that lots of our children need help to learn how to play.

To help, therapists and teachers here work on play and social skills routinely.  Play skills, like academic, language or motor skills, are broken down into simpler sets and steps for children to learn how to play.

In Room 13’s play group, children are meeting steps every day. For example, one youngster has recently achieved putting the car on the ramp and letting it roll down the ramp, while another has learned to put the doll into the castle. Previously, dolls and cars may have been set into a line, or tires only rolled back and forth. This is a giant step, and the team is excited to be able to add more steps to work on.

Congratulations to Room 13 for your precious achievements!


Room 13 is the newest classroom to open at Crossroads Center for Children, opening in September, 2017. Crossroads, located at 1136 North Westcott Rd. Schenectady, NY 12306, has students from many of the school districts and counties that surround us, from all over the Capital Region. Students are aged 2-12. Seven classrooms are pre-school and nursery school, while three classrooms are elementary school-aged. For more information about our school and services, please feel free to call us at (518) 280-0083.

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