ERIC Number: ED233547
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of Toy Selection and Play Behavior between Preschool Children with Down's Syndrome and Preschool Children with No Mental Retardation.
Nehring, Wendy Marie
Differences in toy selection and play behavior of five preschoolers with Down's Syndrome and nonretarded preschoolers matched for mental and chronological age were examined. Toy selection was determined by length of time and frequency with which the child played with 12 toys in two 15-minute sessions. Analysis of play behavior considered child and toy characteristics and aspects of the play situation. Parent questionnaires were also completed. Average amounts of time played among the Down's and the two nonretarded groups revealed that Down's Syndrome Ss played with toys significantly longer than the other groups. Groups did not differ on other play behavior or toy selection. Parents were fairly accurate in predicting their child's toy preferences. Findings differed from previous research that suggested that children with mental retardation play less than nonretarded children. (CL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association on Mental Deficiency (107th, Dallas, TX, May 29-June 2, 1983). Master's Thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison.