The Science Behind FTDC
“Play stimulates the parts of the brain involved in both careful logical reasoning and carefree unbound exploration: Planning, prioritising, scheduling, anticipating, analysing, delegating, deciding - in short the skills any executive must master in order to excel in business”
EDWARD M HALLIWELL | DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION
YOU WON'T FIND BORED KIDS AT FTDC
"I thought that I knew what fun was but then we found this and now I can't wait for Fridays - it's the best thing, ever!"
MILO (Age 9)
We develop key cognitive skills and promote psychological wellness in a way that our current ‘fast-food’ education system fails to.
The literature on the benefits of face to face social, storytelling, pretend and creative play is extensive: In a life time study of over 6,000 play-histories, Stuart Brown (National Institute For Play) concluded that play has the power to significantly improve all aspects of human growth and interaction - from family life to personal health.
So what are these benefits...
“To play is to learn: When children play, they exercise their senses, their intellect, their emotions, their imagination—keenly and energetically. To play is to explore, to discover and to experiment. Playing helps children develop ideas and gain experience. It gives them a wealth of knowledge and information about the world in which they live—and about themselves. Play is fun for children. But it’s much more than that— it’s good for them, and it’s necessary. Play gives children the opportunity to develop and use the many talents they were born with”
JAAK PANKSEPP | AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE
FTDC classes & activities encourage the following effects on
neuroplastic growth and the executive functions of the brain:
1. Strengthening neural pathways for exploration and improvisation
2. Sharpening perception of possibility and opportunity
3. Encouraging inter-connectivity of ideas
4. Developing the reception and processing of untested concepts
5. Challenging assumptions and making new discoveries.
SOCIAL & PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS
"WHEN I EXAMINE MYSELF AND MY METHODS OF THOUGHT I COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THE GIFT OF FANTASY HAS MEANT MORE TO ME THAN MY TALENT FOR ABSORBING POSITIVE KNOWLEDGE."
Panksepp discovered mammals have neural play circuitry and that play is necessary to social thriving.
Further, he showed that strengthening these neural pathways at an early age is so fundamental to key cognitive skills that it aids in survival. We now know for example that bears who play the most live the longest and in a world continuously presenting unique challenges and ambiguity, play prepares these bears (as well as our own little cubs) for a changing planet.
Humans are the biggest players of all: We are built to play and built through play. Role-playing games teach the power of working together, how to turn a loss into something helpful and how leading and winning as a team is the best feeling in the world.
FTDC aim to provide the following cathartic psychological benefits with our games
- unpicking and rationalising nightmares,
- using symbols and archetypes to make sense of complex reality
- developing intimacy, trust and connection amongst peers.
FTDC help children focus and they help them grow.
Good stories are good for the soul:
We use this principle to guide our games.