Play is powerful – for children of course, and for the adults that children evolve into. Orange Children & Parents Together celebrates the whole child and includes varied types of play into the teaching and learning processes. Dr. Stuart Brown, trained in general and internal medicine, psychiatry and clinical research, underscores the importance of play in positive socialization. Dr. Brown ranks play as important as good nutrition, healthy sleep habits, balanced mental health, and literacy. In studying over 6,000 “sleep histories,” Dr. Brown has proven that different kinds of play not only develops flexibility and cognitive strength in coping with stressful situations, but can also decrease signs of violence and bullying in children, teenagers, and adults. OCPT encourages our students to participate in diverse play-based activities that nurture a child’s ability to regulate their behavior, exercise problem solving skills, stimulate brain development, strengthen memory, establish trust and adaptability with peers and adults, and improve self confidence. For an engaging video on Dr. Brown’s research, please click here.