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Who Can Use Play Nicely™?

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Play Nicely™ is an option for anyone who helps take care of young children. The program has widespread applicability to many, including parents, child care workers, teachers, health care professionals, counselors, researchers, lecturers, and others.

The Play Nicely™ program contains three separate educational tracks for:

  • Parents
  • Childcare workers and Teachers
  • Health Care Professionals and Counselors

Play Nicely's format also makes it useful for:

  • Lecturers
  • Researchers
  • Credentialing organizations
  • Others who care for young children

Parents: The Play Nicely™ program is a great option for parents of young children, ages 1-7 years. Parents reported that they felt more comfortable managing aggression after a Play Nicely™ presentation.

Childcare workers and teachers: Childcare workers, preschool teachers, and elementary teachers will benefit by having aggression management skills. As it is difficult to teach children who are hitting each other, Play Nicely™ is likely to aid in school readiness. Play Nicely has been found to increase comfort level and knowledge of how to manage hurtful behavior in young children.

Health care professionals/mental health professionals/counselors: Play Nicely has been shown to significantly increase professionals' comfort level and knowledge in managing childhood aggression.

Lecturers: Play Nicely™ has buttons to pause/continue and reverse/forward on every screen, making it a very useful resource for those who lecture in the areas of parenting, early child education, child behavior, health, and mental health.

Researchers: Researchers may consider Play Nicely™ as part of intervention programs designed to improve child behavior and/or decrease violence.

Credentialing organizations: Credentialing organizations may consider Play Nicely™ for educational credit for child care workers and preschool teachers. To aid credentialing organizations, questions have been developed to assess knowledge.

Others: Relatives, baby-sitters, Sunday school teachers, school bus drivers, and others who care for young children may benefit by having aggression management skills.