Play in Child Development: Fair Play For Children

Play in Child Development and Psychotherapy : Toward Empirically Supported Practice by Sandra W. Russ pdf 

Play is a window through which you can learn about the emotional processes of the child. Play is a diagnostic tool that tells us about the child. One major function of play is creative expression. A second major function of play is to resolve problems. These two functions of play and the cognitive and affective processes involved in them are intertwined and have implications for the area of kids creativity.

You see a child play and it is so close to seeing an artist paint, for in play a child says things without uttering a word. You can see how he solves his problems. You can also see what’s wrong. Young children, especially, have enormous creativity, and whatever’s in them rises to the surface in free play. 


-Erik Erikson, 1994, May 


  1. Fundamental Play Processes
  2. The Role of Play in the Development of Adaptive Abilities
  3. The Role of Play in Therapy: The Theories
  4. The Role of Play in Therapy: The Research
  5. The Affect in Play Scale
  6. Current Trends in the Therapeutic Uses of Play
  7. Teaching Children to Play
  8. Future Directions in Research and Practice
  9.  Affect in Play Scale

Language: English
Format: ebook PDF
Pages: 194
Size: 1 mb

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