Strong National Museum of Play News - November 5, 2012

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November 7, 2012

From: The Strong Museum
Play in the Microsoft Workplace and Group Play for Children with Autism Featured Topics in
American Journal of Play

All work and no play in the office makes for a dull corporate America, according to an interview with Microsoft's Ross Smith appearing in the latest issue of the American Journal of Play. The notion of playing at work is an oxymoron to some; yet playfulness in the workplace taps into the intrinsic human love of play, resulting in more satisfied and productive employees, says Smith, director of Test for Microsoft Corporation. Salary, bonuses, and time off remain strong rewards, says Smith; but the introduction of play into the workplace fosters an environment of trust, teamwork, risk-taking, and innovation so necessary for business success.

Play also has important applications for children with autism as described in the article, "Including Children with Autism in Social and Imaginary Play with Typical Peers," by Pamela Wolfberg, professor of special education at the Autism Spectrum Program at San Francisco State University, and colleagues.

For more details on these and other stories: Journal of Play

After Hours Holiday Sale at the Everything for Play! Shop at The Strong:  20 Percent OFF All Purchases November 28 & 29
Looking for great ideas for quality holiday gifts for children? Don't miss a grown-ups only evening of shopping, music, prizes, and refreshments after closing time at the National Museum of Ply at The Strong on Wednesday, November 28 and Thursday, November 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy 20 percent off a wide selection of gifts for kids and grandkids! A $50 shop gift card and other surprise gifts will be raffled off each of the two nights. For more details: Museum Shop