Okay, we just made it through an election and
good or bad, it is over. The whole election business brought up all
kinds of issues about society, employment, jobs and personal
rights. A lot of us felt powerless to make any real change for the
good no matter what we did.
Well right now, we are taking a stand! A stand to do good for
our families and our country! And we are going to do this by (drum
roll please) PLAYING!!!
It has been said that play is the work of children. It has even
been labeled a "right of children to play" by the United Nations
High Commission for Human Rights! Play is an important part of a
child's growth and healthy brain development. Play supports the
growth of basic social skills like learning how to act, learning
what to do in different social situations and how other people may
feel. Play helps bodies and brains grow up to be healthy and
strong. (Remember our last conversation? The more positive
experiences a child has the more connections a brain makes. The
more brain connections there are, the better the brain works!).
The war on play
I believe we are in a constant battle for time and resources. We
are working full time, swing shifts, taking care of aging parents.
We might feel it is not safe for our kids to play outside, we may
not trust neighbors or those people at the park. We may be trying
to run a household with three little kids under 5 with the
expectation that what kids needed to learn in Kindergarten is now
expected to be known by 3 years of age.
We want to spend time with our
children but they sort of become accessories in our lives: We carry
them around with us everywhere, we get them where they need to go,
find things for them to do and we keep them busy so we can get
things done and our kids can become faster, better, stronger! We
respond to heavily marketed messages that good parents need to
provide learning games for all ages so we provide hand held
devices, phones apps, cars with game systems, tablets, pads… Time
is not stopping and we don't have time for play! But the truth is,
our kids need to experience safe, child-driven, unstructured, age
level interactions with people and objects (otherwise known as
playing with family, friends and toys).
So what is play anyway?
Play is actually pretty hard to define (but you know it when you
see it!) and there are many different kinds of play. The kind
of play I am talking about is child-driven- free-exploratory play
with no ulterior motive except to experience. This kind of play
requires free time and other kids. This type of play is not made to
take time away from structured activities and the other wonderful
enhancement programs we provide for our children. This type of play
needs to be given back to our children for better balanced and less
The American Academy of Pediatrics wrote a clinical report
called "The importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child
Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds". In it, they
list a wide variety of benefits when kids play with other kids and
caring adults. Here are the highlights:
I admit, I take this play business seriously, but we are talking
about the future people! Literally, children are future people!
(Come on, admit it that was a nice little word play!)
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These days, there is a lot of research going on in the area of
baby brain development and Nerd-moms like me tend to get pretty
excited about it! I want to read about it and talk about it with
anyone within a few feet of me. With that said, I will try to
contain my enthusiasm and attempt to briefly hit some highlights of
the amazing developing brain. As a side note, I would like to
apologize up front to all the researchers who put countless hours
and detail into their life's work to have them summed up like this,
With school supplies on sale at stores everywhere, it's hard to
avoid the sad truth. Summer is half over. Some folks love the
coming sweater weather and the colors of fall… At Columbia Industries we
look forward to the arrival of fall and new students who joins us
when they go back to school. To celebrate Back to School, we'd like
to share a couple student success stories to warm the heart.
Clients at CI
assemble lanterns for Railtek,
a Whidby island company.
Finished lanterns are shipped to
customers across the country.
Ricardo started at Columbia Industries in 2003 as a high school
student. He received training at CI Solutions
and at CI's laundry facility. When he graduated from high
school, Ricardo continued his job training at CI Solutions.
He learned how to make Trainman Lanterns, manufacture hoods for the
U.S. Navy, type, prepare mailers, and complete light janitorial
tasks. Ricardo also learned skills to help him manage
stressful situations. Recently, Ricardo made the choice to
transition from Pre-Vocational training to Individual
Employment. He will now work with a job coach to find and
maintain competitive employment. The staff at CI Solutions
are very proud of Ricardo for taking that next step into Community
Employment and wish him well on his new venture.
Aaron also started at Columbia Industries as a student, in
2013. He was able to transition to Pre-Vocational services at
graduation. After three years of job training, Aaron decided
that employment was not what he wanted. During a meeting with
Aaron and his family, CI staff explained all the options available
to Aaron, both in employment and in recreation. Aaron's
family encouraged him to choose the service that would make him
happy. Aaron chose to leave employment services and engage in
recreational activities and volunteer work. CI Staff were
excited by the way Aaron chose his own life path once he knew what
options were available for him.
At Columbia Industries, our mission is
to help people with disabilities and other barriers achieve
personal success. Our student programs are just a couple of the
ways we reach out to the community. Columbia Industries also
Community Center, a safe, creative and supervised place for
people with disabilities. Regardless of the level of employment,
many clients and former clients enjoy being members of CI Community
Center, where they can socialize, learn life skills and explore our
community in an entirely different setting.
Members at CI Community Center enjoy the opportunity to
socialize and build relationships in a safe and fun
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identify who the giver is who has run away. If the giver is caught,
a kiss is exchanged.
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