Play provides the respite and energy that grandparents need for renewal. It is an opportunity for grandparents to recapture their childlike sense of wonder and a time to revel in spontaneous boisterous fun.
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Our guest today is Dr. Judith Van Hoorn, a grandmother, educator and expert on young children’s play. In addition to numerous college textbooks about play, she has written a book for grandparents, which we will discuss today. The title is
The Gift of Play: How Grandparents Enhance the Lives of Young Children by Dr. Judith Van Hoorn, Author
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The Gift of Play links Dr. Judith Van Hoorn’s personal passion with her professional expertise. Judy first became intrigued with young children’s play in the 1970’s when she was the mother of young children and worked for the Head Start program. She is now professor emerita at the University of the Pacific where she taught child development courses for many years. Judy is co-author of numerous books and articles on play, including Play at the Center of the Curriculum, the international bestselling textbook on play, and Looking at Children’s Play. She is active in organizations that work to improve the lives of young children, and a recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Presidential Citation for outstanding psychologists.