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Why Role Play Is Not Just For Children.

Posted on: March 23, 2016


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I think that the greatest thing I miss about not being in education any more is not being able to participate in role play.  Working with children provides the best opportunities to let go of reality (without being sectioned) and enter a fantasy world.  Although in reality we are all role playing to hide our short comings and sadness.  Some adults take role playing to another level and become members of role play societies.

If you have ever been to a summer fair and watched someone weaving baskets, wearing medieval clothes, chances are they are part of a role play group.  Companies like Iron Shepherds Living History visit schools and attend summer fairs educating people about the Medieval and Victorian era through role play.  Role play is so useful as an education tool that businesses use it to train their staff.  So what is it about role play that is so fantastic?

Play puts the zing in to. ‘role play’, children don’t need to dress up to enjoy it and can visualise a whole new world in the sitting room.  Unlike adults, children see the magic in everything and become masters of their own universe.  Apart from objects scattered all over the carpet, children are processing everything they have learnt during the day and programming their brains to use that knowledge the next day.

We associate role play with the under fives and school and public play areas have early years playground role play equipment fitted so that parents and teachers can encourage and observe children participating in role play activities. Kiddy Charts blog has written a fascinating blog on the benefits of role play for children.  When you are the parent of a young child, like it or not, you will end up pretending to be a shop keeper, customer, patient or a dog.

The Training website basically repeats virtually the same benefits of using role play in training as the Kiddy Charts blog but in a commercial way; confidence building, develop listening skills and creative problem solving.  Play therapy is used to treat children who have had a traumatic time but is increasingly used to treat adults with dementia, grief and loss, post traumatic stress syndrome, obsessions and compulsions, anxiety and depression.  Adults often need to be reminded on how to summon up their imagination in order to participate in the treatment.

If you are an adult who enjoys dressing up as a Viking, knight, basket weaver or Victorian you are probably boosting up you well being scores. As long as you don’t start believing you are who you are dressed up as you will probably have a very fulfilling life.

 

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