Facilitating play in hospitalized handicapped children: the design of a therapeutic play environment.

Abstract

The development of a play environment is described, including a play structure that was designed to facilitate symbolic play in hospitalized, handicapped children. The effect of the structure on play was tested on handicapped children aged 2 to 13 years who were verbal and able to use at least one hand. Twenty-five pretest and 25 posttest observations were conducted and data were coded into play and nonplay categories. Results indicated decline in aimless wandering and nonplay activities, with a concomitant increase in both partial and symbolic play. The implications for play among hospitalized, handicapped children are discussed.

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@article{Eisert1988FacilitatingPI, title={Facilitating play in hospitalized handicapped children: the design of a therapeutic play environment.}, author={Debra Eisert and L Kulka and Keeley Moore}, journal={Children's health care : journal of the Association for the Care of Children's Health}, year={1988}, volume={16 3}, pages={201-8} }