TED talk

4 Ways to Promote Play!

4 Ways to Promote Play!

I watched a really interesting TED talk by Peter Gray about the state of play today. I initially saw this video on Facebook with a caption reading “Kids today are more depressed than they were during the great depression”. As a therapist, that immediately got my attention, and I decided to watch it. What a great video! Here are a few key points I took away from the video:

TED Talk from Tim Brown

TED Talk from Tim Brown

I was intrigued by this TED Talk by Tim Brown because of the title - Tales of creativity and play.  Tim Brown is the CEO of a consultancy company, and you might be thinking - what the heck does a CEO of a company know about play??!?  Quite a lot, it turns out.  This is an interesting TED talk to watch because he has the audience actually do a few creative activities, including drawing and shooting little foam rockets around the room.  What I love about this TED talk is that he connects play with how that helps the creative process in the work place and suggests that adults should use play more.  Here’s what resonated with me from this TED talk:

Temple Grandin - TED Talk

Temple Grandin - TED Talk

I finally got a chance to watch Temple Grandin’s TED talk from 2010.  I first heard about Temple Grandin a few years ago when I watched the HBO movie about her life.  I found it interesting and insightful and I’ve wanted to learn more about her.  I haven’t had a chance to read any of her books yet although they are on my reading list.  She has a lot of interesting things to say about children on the spectrum as they get older and enter the workforce.  Here are some of my takeaways:

TED talk by Amy Cuddy

TED talk by Amy Cuddy

One of my colleagues let me know about this TED talk by Amy Cuddy about body language.  I found it fascinating to think about the fact that not only can our minds change our bodies, our bodies change our minds. We can fake having positive powerful body language and it changes the way we think.  Two quotes I love from this video are:

“Fake it til you become it” and “Tiny tweaks can lead to big changes”

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