Using Play to Support Emotional Regulation | Georgina Durrant

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In this episode, Georgina Durrant joins Clare to discuss the importance of play in helping children with emotional regulation. Georgina explains the different types of play and how we can find opportunities to use ‘play to learn’ to develop a range of skills. 

Georgina Durrant is a former teacher, Special Educational Needs Coordinator and Director of Cheshire SEN Tutor ltd. She founded the award-winning SEN Resources Blog senresourcesblog to share activities, advice and recommendations for parents and teachers of children with Special Educational Needs and disabilities.

Georgina hosts Twinkl Resources' Special Educational Needs Podcast 'SEND in the experts with Georgina Durrant'. Her parenting and education advice has been featured in the Independent, Guardian, and Telegraph. Her first book, 100 Ways Your Child Can Learn Through Play was published in 2021. Her second book, ‘How to Boost Reading and Writing Through Play’ was published November 2022.  

You can find Georgina on TwitterFacebookInstagram and on Youtube.

Georgina recommends her first book ⁠100 Ways Your Child Can Learn Through Play⁠ 

She also shares three tips during the episode:  

  • Create opportunities for child-initiated play and be guided by their likes and dislikes. 
  • Acknowledge the importance of children’s mental health and wellbeing.   
  • Give young people the tools to understand how play, such as sensory or active play, can help to regulate emotions. 

The My Family Coach podcasts covers every aspect of children’s behaviour, all in handy 15 minute (ish) bite-sized chunks. Each episode features a new guest chatting about a different aspect of behaviour and leaves you with three handy tips to use at home.


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