ERIC Number: ED346396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Play Times: A Structured Developmental Play Program Utilizing Trained Peer Facilitators.
Canning, Judy Harkness
This manual describes the benefits and procedures for implementing a developmental play program. It is intended to be used by both the leader--a counselor, teacher, or other professional--and students who have been trained in the peer facilitator skills. The manual does not include a detailed training program for peer facilitators, but the nature of the training required and suggested materials are included. In the first of the manual's four chapters, general information about developmental play as a project for peer facilitators is provided. The second chapter examines play as an important aspect of development. Intellectual, emotional, and social development are discussed, and opportunities for growth in these areas through play are examined. The third chapter provides information for beginning a developmental play program. Issues discussed are: identifying a need for developmental play; approaching the personnel; selecting and training peer facilitators; and informing parents. The fourth chapter looks at procedures for implementing play times, which are the periods of play designed to enhance the development of children ages 4 through 6 exhibiting developmental delays, whether intellectual, social, or emotional. The format for the play times is described with suggested time periods included. The beginning and closing circles, which provide the transitions between the regular educational program of the students and the play time activities, are described. Individual time, supervision, and types of participants for play time are discussed. Fifteen play times are included with specific objectives outlined, and suggestions for length of time needed. For each play time a supervision section is included with supervisor questions and suggestions for peer supervisor reactions. Numerous black and white photographs illustrate the text, and a list of 49 references is provided. (LLL)
Descriptors: Child Development, Children, Cognitive Development, Cross Age Teaching, Developmental Tasks, Early Childhood Education, Emotional Development, Peer Counseling, Play, Play Therapy, Program Development, Social Development, Young Children
Educational Media Corporation, P.O. Box 21311, Minneapolis, MN 55421 ($5.95).
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Photographs may not reproduce clearly. For related documents, see CG 024 303-304.