Play and Intervention

Edited by Joop Hellendoorn, Rimmert van der Kooij, and Brian Sutton-Smith

Subjects: Early Childhood Studies
Series: SUNY series, Children's Play in Society
Paperback : 9780791419342, 369 pages, July 1994
Hardcover : 9780791419335, 369 pages, July 1994

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Table of contents

General Introduction

Paradigms of Intervention
Brian Sutton-Smith

Part I: Play Therapy


1. The Scientific Foundations of Play Therapy
Jerome L. Singer

2. Therapeutic Play: From Interpretation to Intervention
Bertha Mook

3. Stimulating and Guiding Children's Spontaneous Learning in Play Therapy
Stefan Schmidtchen

4. Process in Person-Centered Play Therapy
Herbert Goetze

5. Games of Complexity: Reflections on Play Structure and Play Intervention
Gerd E. Schafer

6. Imagery Techniques in Play Therapy with Children
Dorothy G. Singer

7. Indications and Goals in Imagery Interaction Play Therapy
Berendien L. van Zanten

Part 2: Play for Children with Special Needs


8. Imaginative Play Training for Severely Retarded Children
Joop Helendoorn

9. Families at Play: Interventions for Children with Development Handicaps
Roy McConkey

10. Play Within an Intervention for Multiply Handicapped Children
Han Nakken, Carla Vlaskamp and Ruud van Wijck

11. Effectiveness of Play Training with Handicapped Toddlers
Jan M. H. de Moor, Betty T. M. van Waesberghe and Han H. L. Oud

12. Play Assessment for Play-Based Intervention: A First Step with Young Children with Communication Difficulties
Kay P. Mogford-Bevan

13. Play Training for Autistic Children
Ina A. van Berckelaer-Onnes

Part 3: Theory and Research on School Play Intervention


14. Play Training: An Overview
Peter K. Smith

15. Play: Positive Intervention in the Elementary School Curriculum
Waltraut Hartmann and Brigitte Rollett

16. Academic Play
James F. Christie

Joop Hellendoorn, Rimmert van der Kooij, and Brian Sutton-Smith



Notes on Contributors

Author Index

Subject Index


Play has been presented as the ideal intervention for almost every conceivable kind of problem experienced by children: emotional problems, attention disorders, learning difficulties, and social isolation. In this ground-breaking book, leading play theorists, researchers, and practitioners present their opinions and research results about the influence of play and of special play programs on different aspects of child development.

The first section explores why play therapy is used and what play's specific role is in the classical play therapy approach. The second part is devoted to experimental play programs for different types of children with special needs. In the last section, the effects of modern play approaches in primary schools are discussed as well as the influence of these play interventions on cognitive and social skills. This is a book for practitioners and theorists in the field of play, who are not just uncritical consumers or idealizers of play, but who are concerned in searching for the real value of play in various therapeutic and educational settings.

Joop Hellendoorn is Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Leiden, Netherlands. Rimmert van der Kooij is Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Groningen, Netherlands. Brian Sutton-Smith is Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania.