We are all products of our own upbringing. This means that we have developed our own ways of interacting with others according to that upbringing. We need to be aware of these when interacting with our children as we encourage them to develop play skills, particularly if they have learning difficulties. Children with severe or profound learning difficulties require lots and lots of repetition in the sensorimotor stage of play to enable them to move on. They may be unable to play by themselves and need to be guided play or supportive play and they should enjoy this if we interact effectively.