Pretend play of children with cerebral palsy

Pfeifer, Luzia Iara, Pacciulio, Amanda Mota, dos Santos, Camila Abrao, dos Santos, Jair Licio and Stagnitti, Karen Ellen 2011, Pretend play of children with cerebral palsy, Physical and occupational therapy in pediatrics, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 390-402.

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Title Pretend play of children with cerebral palsy
Author(s) Pfeifer, Luzia Iara
Pacciulio, Amanda Mota
dos Santos, Camila Abrao
dos Santos, Jair Licio
Stagnitti, Karen Ellen
Journal name Physical and occupational therapy in pediatrics
Volume number 31
Issue number 4
Start page 390
End page 402
Total pages 13
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2011-11
ISSN 0194-2638
1541-3144
Keyword(s) assessment
cerebral palsy
intervention
pretend play
Summary Background and Purpose: Evaluate self-initiated pretend play of children with cerebral palsy.

Method: Twenty preschool children participated in the study. Pretend play ability was measured by using the child-initiated pretend play assessment culturally adapted to Brazil.

Results: There were significant negative correlations between the children’s motor severity level and their elaborateness of play with conventionalimaginative and symbolic play materials and a number of object substitutions in symbolic play. This indicated that children with greater motor limitations had diminished play ability. In this sample, 35% of the children showed typical play styles, identified by good scores in elaborate pretend play actions, number of object substitutions, and ability to self-initiate play, whereas 65% showed delay in their play.

Implications: The type of pretend play deficits that might be expected in children with cerebral palsy were described. Furthermore, suggested directions for therapeutic intervention to enhance pretend play performance in cerebral palsy children were proposed.
Language eng
Field of Research 111403 Paediatrics
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Informa Healthcare
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30041380

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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