Blogjam: Behold the Power of Maybe Winning is fun, losing is not—and doing them both with grace is an art form often lost on the 4–7 age set. What's more, games geared for this age tend to be guided by random chance, so there are plenty of opportunities for a child to either win or lose. ... Blogjam
Blogjam  |   June 01, 2013
Blogjam: Behold the Power of Maybe
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Blogjam   |   June 01, 2013
Blogjam: Behold the Power of Maybe
The ASHA Leader, June 2013, Vol. 18, 12. doi:10.1044/leader.BGJ1.18062013.12
The ASHA Leader, June 2013, Vol. 18, 12. doi:10.1044/leader.BGJ1.18062013.12
Winning is fun, losing is not—and doing them both with grace is an art form often lost on the 4–7 age set. What's more, games geared for this age tend to be guided by random chance, so there are plenty of opportunities for a child to either win or lose. Tackling this gray area is where speech-language pathologist Karen Head likes to introduce the word "maybe."
"Kids at this age are beginning to grapple with the concept of 'gray.' This is when they begin to find out that 'not everything is black or white,' 'things change,' 'life isn't always fair,' 'randomness happens.' These are upsetting concepts, particularly for kids who are sensitive, competitive or inflexible."
Head recommends not addressing these emotionally laden topics in the moment. "Trying to reason with a kiddo who has just landed on a 'chute' and is plunging back to the beginning of the game is not the right time. But there are lots of ways that we can lay the groundwork when emotions aren't running so high. And this is where that wonderful word 'maybe' comes in."
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