Kids can Learn MESH Skills Through Everyday Play

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Focus on problem solving and perseverance

These develop children’s ability to identify and overcome obstacles.

Encourage Storytelling

These build children’s self-advocacy, meaning their ability to explain what they’re experiencing to themselves and to others, growing their self-regulation skills in the process.

Present new or increasing challenges over the duration of play

These strengthen children’s adaptation and cognitive skills and motivates them to determine when to seek assistance.

Draw children and their adults to play together

These strengthen children’s relationships and comfort to ask for assistance when they need it.

Conversation Starters To Build MESH Skills

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