Therapeutic play and the hospitalized child.

  title={Therapeutic play and the hospitalized child.},
  author={Judith A. Vessey and Margaret M Mahon},
  journal={Journal of pediatric nursing},
  volume={5 5},
It has long been recognized that there are many and varied definitions of play. This article briefly reviews normative play theory, differentiating it from its counterpart, therapeutic play. Three forms of therapeutic play (emotional outlet play, instructional play, and physiologically enhancing play) are described and clinical examples are given. 

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