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Joshua Young
Joshua Young

Mature Adult Plays


DR. LEONG: Thank you very much. And welcome to everyone. So today my goal is to kind of talk about what the characteristics are of intentional, mature, make-believe play and how play influences development, and to leave you with some ideas that maybe you can implement in your classroom to improve the level of play that you have.




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So not all play is created the same for Vygotskians. There's a big difference between immature play and mature play. And for Vygotskians, mature play is the kind of play that encourages the development of all those wonderful things, and immature play kind of leaves children at the same place. So we want to foster play that lifts children from immature play to mature play. So in order to understand how you do that, you have to have a definition of immature play. So in immature play, children do not have any role. They just kind of play with objects. And having a role means that you are playing being somebody. You're being the mommy, the daddy, the dog, the doctor, the veterinarian. You play being someone else. And this idea of the role is really important, because for Vygotskians, what it means when you have a role is that there are rules, and I'm going to talk about that more in a minute.


So in contrast, mature play has explicit roles and implicit rules. So what this means is that children play being a person. And this role, like this little girl in the picture who's the eye doctor, means that she does certain things. Like she wouldn't pick up a baby, because she's the doctor and she's supposed to be testing this little boy. The little boy wouldn't grab the pointer from her and start pointing to the letters, because he's the patient. So the reason Vygotsky says they're implicit is that children really don't discuss what those roles are. They don't say, "I'm the doctor, so that means that I use the pointer and you don't." But what happen is the rules are hidden underneath, and when children violate the rules, that's when you see the rule come out.


Another example is when parents are cooking at home, often they turn on the television to keep the children out of the kitchen. So before, my son, who's now 26, used to play on the floor with pots and pans, or at the counter with pots and pans just like me, and I would cook and he'd pretend to cook. But now if you turn on a video, he's not even watching. He wouldn't be able to see. So it happens in the car. You have videos in the car so they don't bother you, but in the meantime, they're not watching what happens when you drive. So it's just an example of how much harder it is to get mature play going in today's classroom because children are not in the flow of life so that they don't know a lot about what happens.


When children engage in mature play, they develop greater self-regulation skills. In this webinar, learn the difference between immature and mature play and how they influence child development. See examples of mature play and explore ways teachers can engage children in the dramatic play area to foster the development of self-regulation.


For years now, adult animated series have been just as popular as the ones designed for children. From crass humor or bloody imagery, these mature series have consistently gotten more and more brutal over the years, with the new superhero coming-of-age series Invincible serving as the most recent endeavor.


Full of graphic violence, sensual imagery, and mature language, Invincible sets the bar for all adult shows. As the series continues to progress, fans saw similarities in both the story elements, violence, and even animation in other shows that give off the same feel as Amazon's graphic comic book animated series.


Updated on April 10th, 2022, by Shawn S. Lealos: Invincible was an enormous success for Prime Video and the streaming service renewed it for two more seasons at least. With the success of the comic book adaptation, it has proven there is an audience for these adult-oriented animated shows outside of just Adult Swim, where they have lived for years. As time goes on, there are more and more options for fans of these adult animated shows like Invincible. This is both for the mature themes, violence, and more complex comedic jokes thrown at viewers that prove animation can be just as hard-hitting and fun as live-action shows. With a strong mix of classic shows and some new series that line up great with Invincible, the options are bigger and better than ever.


One of the most popular adult animated series of the last decade was Archer, a show that continuously redefined itself throughout its run. It is a different show from Invincible in several ways, as Sterling Archer is a secret agent and the entire series plays as a comedy.


The Prime Video series The Boys shares a lot in common with Invincible, with both geared toward adult comic book fans. Both are violent and have superheroes who actually were villains. With the success of TV shows like Invincible on Prime Video, it wasn't much of a surprise to see The Boys go animated as well.


Fans of Invincible watched a mature series about a young man who became a hero in order to save the Earth. Along the way, he was involved in violent encounters with a heartfelt family dynamic added to the mix. For fans of the show who want similar adult themes, but a completely different feel, M.O.D.O.K. is a great option.


This is another Marvel Comics adaptation on Hulu, with Seth Green and the team behind Robot Chicken as showrunners. This Marvel adult animated series has the same sensibilities as Robot Chicken while putting the classic Marvel villain into a situation where he loses his beloved AIM and struggles to keep his family together.


Not all series intend to be mature. Invincible begins lightly, with the main character coming into their powers. It's only by the end of the first episode that everything kicks off and, in a way, Samurai Jack is the same.


For four seasons, the series is about a samurai trying to get back to the past after being stranded in the future was lightish. Then, season 5 let loose with a graphic and amazingly well-told revival that embraced a mature feel after a light start.


Typically, brutal and vicious violence has defined what it means to be an adult cartoon series. Invincible more than happily took advantage of that by the end of the first episode. Other series did the same, such as Primal.


In my clinical practice, I primarily treat folks struggling with depression, anxiety, excessive anger, and marriage difficulties. Very often, an underlying issue is that for one reason or another, the client never quite grew up. So many people reach chronological adulthood without having mastered the core elements of adult emotional functioning.


How can you assess if an adult functions emotionally more like a child? As a therapist who works extensively with couples, I have learned that almost any client can look reasonably "adult" when I meet with him or her individually.


Physical age can be counted by number of birthdays. Physical age, especially with children, also tends to correlate with height, strength, and cognitive functioning. Psychological or emotional age, by contrast, becomes evident in emotional reactions and habits. For instance, adults can stay calm whereas children tend to be quicker to anger. Adults exercise careful judgment before talking whereas children may impulsively blurt out tactless, hurtful words.


If toddlers want a car or doll that another child is playing with, they are likely to reach out and take the item. Most preschoolers get mad or cry multiple times every day, even if they are basically well-nurtured and happy kids. The rules of adult play, like taking turns or not grabbing, have not yet begun to shape their behavior. Youngsters do not act in a consistently civil manner because they have not yet internalized the rules of "civilized" adults.


There is one exception. Sometimes adults, just like firefighters who battle forest fires, have to fight fire with fire. They may need to use "fire" to manage an angry child or an out-of-bounds adult, in order to get them to cease their bad behavior.


Again, some instances of acting on impulse can be hallmarks of mature behavior. Soldiers and police, for instance, are trained to discriminate rapidly between harmless and dangerous situations so that they can respond quickly enough to protect potential victims of criminal actions.


Children who have not yet internalized mature guidelines of respectful behavior toward others, or who have not developed ability to observe their behaviors to judge what's in line and what's out of line, see their anger as normal. They regard their emotional outbursts as ego syntonic, that is, perfectly fine, justifying them by blaming the other person. In other words, "I only did it because you made me."


It's easy to love children who act like children. It's harder to love someone who acts like a child in the body of a grownup. Still, most childlike adults only act childishly when they feel under threat.


Lastly, learn the skills of adult functioning. Much of what grown-up "children" do can be considered as a skills deficit. If you tend to be childish, learning adult skills can move you into grownup-ville. My book and workbook called The Power of Two should help as well.


The decision to add these shows is a first step for Disney+ in branching outside of its family-friendly material, though the streaming service already has mature content overseas. Disney+ has mostly remained family-friendly compared to other streaming apps, so this is quite a swerve for the company. But with the goal to expand its outreach, Disney+ is adding more mature content.


To be fair, Disney+ has decided to add new parental controls to its platform due to the launch of these mature titles. All Disney+ users will be prompted to change their parental control settings once they open the app for the first time on or after March 16.


Subscribers can make multiple changes, including adding a new PIN to their accounts to make it harder for children to find mature content. Families can also set new content settings so that only specific content will appear based on the rating. For example, families can keep the default settings, which will allow anything rated TV-14 and under to appear on the selection menus. 041b061a72


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