Evidence suggests that children who have greater trouble recognizing emotions in faces are more likely to have problems with their peers and learning difficulties.
So where does this leave us in South Africa, where for the past 2 years children have been predominantly exposed to people around them wearing masks. Will we have a generation of kids with lower face reading competence. And, will this translate to sub-par relationships with peers and/or learning difficulties?
The simple answer is that it could if we don’t take a proactive stance. One way to do this is to play emotion games with children. It is also a fun way for parents, teachers and care givers to really connect and better understand their pre-schoolers and helps develop pro-self capabilities such as self-awareness and pro-social capabilities such as empathy.
Let’s spread the word. Feel free to email us on ele@mweb .co.za for our recommendations on great games to play.