ERIC Number: ED176858
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Play as a Cognitive Assessment Tool.
Ungerer, Judy A.; And Others
This paper presents an overview of the development of play in children from 9 to 34 months of age, focusing specifically on those aspects of play which occur with sufficient consistency to function as markers for judging developmental progress in clinical populations of young children. A procedure for assessing the sophistication of spontaneous play in 1- to 3-year-old children is described, and the relation of play to general cognitive functioning in the same age period is discussed. Evidence supporting the use of play as a cognitive assessment tool is presented from longitudinal studies of children tested periodically with Piagetian and psychometric developmental scales, from research correlating play sophistication and Bayley Mental Scale performance in 1 1/2- to 2-year-old normal children, and from research relating play and cognitive functioning in autistic and mentally retarded populations. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.; National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Symbolic Play
Note: Paper presented at the UAP-USC Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference on Piagetian Theory and Its Implications for the Helping Professions (9th, Los Angeles, California, February 2-3, 1979)