Role of Play in the Curriculum for Children with Special Needs Interactive play has a vital role in the development of young children. Children learn appropriate social interaction through play; in addition, they learn to engage with the world around them. For children with special needs, play may be the best means by which they can communicate with other children and to develop social relationships. Research has indicated that play can be a valuable asset in classrooms as a means of increasing interaction between children with and without special needs, as well. Play not only provides a functional learning process, but it is also a means by which children learn new behaviors, offering children with special needs the opportunity to mirror...The end:
.....r according to the needs of his or her classroom. It seems safe to conclude that teachers who offer a significant amount of appropriate play in their classrooms will see rewards through improved social and educational skills. References Bingham, A. (2008). The value of play interventions in special education classrooms. Principal. Retrieved April 28, 2009 from http://www.naesp.org/resources/1/Principal/2008/M-Jp22.pdf Bray, P., & Cooper, R. (2007). The play of children with special needs in mainstream and special education settings. Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 32(2), 37-42. Terpstra , J. E., & Tamura, R. (2007). Effective social interaction strategies for inclusive settings. Early Childhood Education Journal, 35, 405-411.