Pretend play of children with acquired brain injury : an exploratory study

Fink, Naomi, Stagnitti, Karen and Galvin, Jane 2012, Pretend play of children with acquired brain injury : an exploratory study, Developmental neurorehabilitation, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 336-342, doi: 10.3109/17518423.2012.655798.

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Title Pretend play of children with acquired brain injury : an exploratory study
Author(s) Fink, Naomi
Stagnitti, KarenORCID iD for Stagnitti, Karen
Galvin, Jane
Journal name Developmental neurorehabilitation
Volume number 15
Issue number 5
Start page 336
End page 342
Total pages 7
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2012-10
ISSN 1751-8423
Keyword(s) assessment
cognitive fatigue
Summary Objective: This exploratory study aimed to describe the self-initiated pretend play of three children who had sustained an acquired brain injury (ABI). No previous research was found.

Methods: Three children aged 3.0–6.0 years were recruited through purposive sampling. Pretend play ability was assessed using the Child-Initiated Pretend Play Assessment.

Results: Two of the three children scored below the range expected for children their age and one child scored above the range, indicating a wide range of pretend play ability for the children. None of the children could sustain their engagement in pretend play to complete the time of the assessment.

Conclusion: Complex pretend play ability is a functional assessment of cognitive ability involving sequential planning, problem-solving, language and social understanding. Cognitive fatigue is argued to explain the children's limited ability to engage in play for the time expected for their ages. More research is required.
Language eng
DOI 10.3109/17518423.2012.655798
Field of Research 111403 Paediatrics
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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