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How can imagination and pretend play benefit a child's social development?

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How can imagination and pretend play benefit a child's social development?

Social Development in Children:

As children develop their social skills, they learn what kind of social treatment is acceptable, moral, and expected. Sometimes children learn this by first seeing what they can get away with. Some children display more aggressive and mischievous behavior than others. When playing with each other, children learn how to share, speak up for themselves (or not speak up for themselves), and how to get along with others. Children often make close friends that they share interests with during this time. An example is of two children who like spending time together because they both like drawing with chalk outside.

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Imagination is a sign of advanced cognitive skills. By pretending, children are able to construct their own characters, situations, and stories to act...

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Social Development Theories in Human Growth and Development

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There are various theories on the social development of children. In this lesson, we will follow Sally as she meets with different psychologists, learning and differentiating between three of the most popular theories: psychoanalytic, social learning and attachment.


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