ERIC Number: ED447659
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
A Professionals Guide to Assisting Families in Creating Play Environments for Children with Disabilities. Let's Play! Project 1995-2000.
Mistrett, Susan; Lane, Shelly; Goetz, Amy
This guidebook for early intervention personnel was developed by the "Let's Play! Project," a 3-year federally supported project that worked to promote play in infants and toddlers with disabilities through the use of "low-tech" assistive technology. An introductory section considers the importance of play for children of this age and is followed by a discussion of the play of children with disabilities. The next two sections consider the differences between therapy and play and the six stages of play development. The following section specifically addresses assistive-technology play supports in sub-sections on adapting commercial toys, positioning, mobility, switches, computers, and communication. The final section discusses the creation of play environments for infants and toddlers with disabilities. These include cribs, bathtubs, chairs and trays, and floor play. A list of addresses and phone numbers of play resources for children with special needs is attached. (DB)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Child Development, Disabilities, Early Intervention, Infants, Play, Toddlers, Toys
Let's Play! Project, University at Buffalo Center for Assistive Technology, 515 Kimball Tower, Buffalo, NY 14214-3079; Tel: 716-829-3141 ext. 155; Fax: 716-829-3217; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.cosmos.ot.buffalo.edu/letsplay/.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Buffalo. Center for Assistive Technology.
Note: For related Let's Play! project documents, see EC 308 147 and EC 308 149-153.