“Serve & Return” for Strong Brain Connection
Playing and being attentive with your child is so rewarding.
In a Sensory Time class we encourage the care giver/ parent to be actively participating in the session. Playing with your child opens up many development opportunities as well as aiding health and wellbeing.
By playing with your child you are being responsive to their needs and development. Simple things such as smiling at your child, reacting to their facial expressions and noises, encourages them to mirror the emotions; this is known as ‘Serve and Return’.
Parachute Play – In our sessions we use the parachute several times. We have our welcome song, music & singing time and goodbye song. This is a great activity that implements ‘serve and return’. In a circle formation your child is able to observe other adults and children’s faces, whilst they are all singing and showing many expressions.
When a child points at an object (serve) and the care giver responds with the name of that object (return), the child makes the mental correlation between the object and the corresponding sound. During early years, the return may not just be the naming of what something is, but showing that the object and the name sound can also be represented by signing, music, exploration etc.
In early school years the return may not just be the naming of what something is, but showing that the object and the name sound can also be represented by marks on a page. Through this process, your child is developing the language and literacy area of their brain.
Let’s Grow Kids. (2017)
Sensory Time Classes aid emotional development, our classes use serve and return interactions that can aid a child to:
Cope with stress in a healthy way
Learn the difference between right and wrong
When we give children quality early years experiences it enables them
to reach their full potential.
Let’s Grow Kids. (2017). “Serve & Return” for Strong Brain Connections. [online] Available at: https://www.letsgrowkids.org/blog/serve-return-strong-brain-connections [Accessed 3 Mar. 2017].