Apr 15 2014

Neuroscience of Child Play April 30

– The Magic of Play! – A free public event –

On Wednesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m., the Piedmont Recreation Department is sponsoring a discussion of its programs in connection with beneficial unstructured child play at the Piedmont Community Hall, 711 Highland Avenue. The presentation by Stephanie Rafanelli will highlight neuroscience research on free play.  Rafanelli, a Piedmont resident, is a school coach and a parent education facilitator for Challenge Success and was a middle school science teacher at Bentley School. The Recreation Department’s Schoolmates, Preschool and Summer Programs will be described and discussed.

“There is fascinating evidence linking unstructured play with brains that are more emotionally attuned, more connected, and even bigger in size. While play has been correlated with academic competencies such as language and math skills, some argue it is even more important in developing a child’s executive functions (self-regulation, focus, perspective, working memory, flexible thinking, and more).”

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Piedmont Community Hall, 711 Highland Avenue
Click to Register: http://bit.ly/1f15wLh

This is an adult only event. Childcare is available online with advanced registration.

Childcare Registration Code: 1001.488* ($10 per child)
For more information, please contact Erin Rivera at: (510)420-3072

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