Written by a leading child psychologist, this clearly written and practical book provides a template for interpreting change and meaning in children's lives through their play activity. It shows how each child's pattern of play has a distinct profile of measurable features. These can be identified - and can be used to assess the child's development. The processes of change that a child goes through and the different kinds of play profiles are clearly illustrated with examples from real life. This will be a useful resource for all professionals who work with children and are looking to support their development through a deeper understanding of their inner experiences, including family therapists, educational psychologists, special needs teachers, play therapists and child care social workers.
Introduction: Observing play activity -- Principles of play -- Play activity and the representational world of the child -- The role of play activity in child psychotherapy -- Identifying play activity: Segmentation -- Descriptive analysis of play activity -- revisiting Johnny, Jane and Tom: descriptive analysis -- 1. Structural analysis of play activity -- 2. The adaptive player -- Adaptive strategies used by the child at play -- 3. The conflicted player -- Conflicted strategies used by the child at play -- 4. The rigid/ polarized player -- Rigid/ Polarized defensive strategies used by the child at play -- 5. The extremely anxious/ isolated player -- Defensive-coping strategies used by the extremely anxious/ isolated child -- 6. Play activity, the player and development of the self -- The function of play and playfulness -- Distinguishing reality from fantasy -- Coping/ Defensive play strategies and the child's emerging sense of self -- Coping/ defensive play strategies and the emergence of psychic reality -- Profiles of play as a measure for observation of a child's development.
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 14th January 2002
Edition Number: 1