WHY do parents and teachers find Therapeutic Games instrumental in creating safer environments, thereby fostering optimal learning ?: Games exemplify taking turns, having patience, fair play, i.e. promoting good sportsmanship. Games teach strategies to help children work together and reason their way through challenging issues. Children learn to rely upon a support system of teachers, parents and peers when stressful situations present themselves, rather then trying to tackle insurmountable problems head-on, or worse, going it all alone. Games teach the art of team work, developing friendships, and are a fun way to improve mental and social skills.