Children at Play

Children at Play : Clinical and Developmental Approaches to Meaning and Representation

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Children's play has long been studied by clinicians as a window on the individual's early emotional development. More recently, developmental psychologists have taken an interest in play for what it reveals about early cognitive development. With the rise of developmental research into play, the time is right for an integration of both perspectives. This book answers the need for such a work. It brings together the work of leading workers in the field to provide an excellentoverview of clinical and developmental approaches to play for the benefit of professionals in both fields, as well as readers interested in child more

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  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 243.84 x 365.76 x 43.18mm | 2,086.51g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • line figures, tables, bibliography
  • 0195044142
  • 9780195044140

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PART I: AFFECT IN SYMBOLISM; 1. A Quantitative Approach to the Clinical Assessment of 2- to 4-year-olds; 2. The Relationship Between Anxiety and Pretend Play; 3. Play, Cure, and Development: A Developmental Perspective on the Psychoanalytic Treatment of Young Children; 4. Constructing Metaphors: The Role of Symbolization in the Treatment of Children; 5. Making Meaning and Making Believe: Their Role in The Clinical process; PART II: RELATIONSHIPS AND SYMBOLIZATION; 6. The Leaving Game, or I'll Play You and You'll Play Me: The Emergence of the Capacity for Dramatic Role Play in Two-year-olds; 7. Self-Other Action Play: A Window into the Represenatational World of the Infant; 8. Play: A Context for Mutual Regulation Within Mother-Child Interaction; PART III: DIFFERENCES AND DISTORTIONS IN SYMBOLIC FUNCTIONING; 9. Windows on Social Worlds: Gender Differences in Children's Play Narratives; 10. He's a Nice Alligator: Observations on the Affective Organization of Pretense; 11. Symbolic Development in Children with Down Syndrome and in Children with Autism; 12. Development of Symbolic Play of Deaf Children Ages One to Three; 13. Play and Narrative in Inhibited Children; 14. Symbolic Play in the Interactions of Young Children and their Mothers with a History of Affective Illness; INDEXshow more

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"Slade and Wolf's well-edited text brings important strengths to the descriptive study of the uses of play and also highlights what it is that we have yet to learn about this vitally important human activity. ... It is coherent, despite the diversity of opinion and experience expressed by the writers, and the styles are relatively consistent . ... If you are going to have one text in your library devoted to the understanding of children and play, this is the one to have because of its depth, clinical scope and appropriate anchoring in research." -- Journal of the American Academy of Adolescent Psychiatry"The present book provides an important integration on both theoretical and practical grounds. The tasks at hand are to widen the developmental base about play and the role of mutual regulation across cultures, to generate empirical evidence for the interdependence between cognition and affect, and to incorporate experimental rigor in designing intervention studies." -- Contemporary Psychology"Successfully integrates clinical and developmental approaches to children's symbolic play."--Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography, 1995"This book successfully integrates clinical and developmental approaches to children's symbolic play."--Book Noticesshow more

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