Panel Discussion: The Importance of Play on Children’s Mental Health

In honor of World Play Day, F&CS hosted a panel discussion on the importance of play for children’s mental health and wellbeing.
Our panel included:
Brandon Blas – Youth Program Coordinator of the Greater Ithaca Activities Center
Erika Busch, PsyD. – Children’s Clinical Therapist at Family & Children’s Service
Emily Butler, DVM – Director of School Administration of Ithaca Waldorf School
Fiona McDevvitt, LCSW – Board of Director of the Finger Lakes Toy Library
Listen to these professionals discuss their experience and perspectives on the importance of play, and connection to resiliency and mental health for children as well as some current challenges and barriers, and ideas around implementation of free and structured play.