M R Phemister

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Four experiments investigated contact and manipulative activity with play materials in severely handicapped children functioning at the 1--2-year-old stage of normal development. Experiment 1 found that many mentally handicapped children were as quick to contact and manipulate a novel object as were comparable normal children and that auditory (or visual)(More)
A range of experimental play materials are described which were designed to aid the development of manipulative skills such as posting, threading, fitting and matching in mentally handicapped children functioning at the 1-2-year-old stage of normal development. The play materials are designed to withstand rough treatment and they can be securely mounted on(More)
An observational study was made of 1-2-year-old children, and of mentally handicapped children functioning at a similar level, to determine the extent to which they involved themselves in play with toys and other objects and the extent to which their day was "empty". Observations of normal children were made in their homes and in day nurseries; observations(More)
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