Understanding play: the implications for play assessment

Stagnitti, Karen 2004, Understanding play: the implications for play assessment, Australian occupational therapy journal, vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 3-12, doi: 10.1046/j.1440-1630.2003.00387.x.

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Title Understanding play: the implications for play assessment
Author(s) Stagnitti, KarenORCID iD for Stagnitti, Karen orcid.org/0000-0002-6215-3390
Journal name Australian occupational therapy journal
Volume number 51
Issue number 1
Start page 3
End page 12
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Australia
Publication date 2004-03-06
ISSN 0045-0766
Keyword(s) assessment
Summary This article reviews the current literature on play and play assessment in occupational therapy. The concept of play and play theories are examined and reasons are investigated for the low use of play assessment in paediatric occupational therapy practice. Within contemporary occupational therapy practice, the concept of play is being readdressed and play behaviour is understood to be important in child development. Available assessments of play in occupational therapy assess the child in a familiar environment to the child. Since many paediatric occupational therapists work in clinical settings, it is concluded that a clinically viable assessment of observation of play behaviour is required within occupational therapy. Parameters for such an assessment are proposed.
Notes Published Online: 6 Oct 2003
Language eng
DOI 10.1046/j.1440-1630.2003.00387.x
Field of Research 111403 Paediatrics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Australian Association of Occupational Therapists
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002703

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