[Video] TEDTalk – The Power of Play

Jill Vialet

Jill Vialet

Jill Vialet sees the power of play. It has led her to work for more than 30 years in the nonprofit sector. Her goal with Playworks is to bring play activities to students of all ages.

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Why We Like : The Power of Play

Playing outside and playing, in general, has more strengthens then weaknesses for students. Jill Vialet knew this and is why in 1996, she launched Playworks in Berkley, California. Playworks’ goal is to use the power of playing to helps students become better students. Since 1996, they have opened offices in 23 different cities and employs over 700 staff members. Playworks projects that they will reach over 900,000 students throughout the United States this year alone. They offer on-site coaches, professional training, and consultative partnership to 1,800 schools and youth-serving organizations. Jill explains why play is essential for children’s development and their ability to learn, but it is not only critical for students but, frankly, all humans.


We love this TED talk because Jill covers the exact reason as to why playing needs to be an active part of every student and human’s day. We want to make sure that all areas of human cognition get covered by the topics we share. That is why we are continually sharing topics about health, food, exercises, friendship, and cognitive therapy. All of these things work together to make us better, healthier humans.

Christine Campbell

Christine is HappyNeuron Pro’s Marketing Specialist. People with intellectual disabilities have a special place in her heart. Growing up with a sibling with an autism diagnosis and intellectual disability influenced the way she views life. She is passionate about educating people about health and sharing cognitive tips.

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