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ERIC Number: EJ1152636
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0271-8294
Play as Regulation: Promoting Self-Regulation through Play
Foley, Gilbert M.
Topics in Language Disorders, v37 n3 p241-258 Jul-Sep 2017
The nature of play and an overview of the stages of play in the first 5 years of childhood are discussed. The core features of sensorimotor, functional, and symbolic play are identified. Vignettes describing how play serves a regulatory function punctuate each section. A conceptual framework for the construct of regulation is presented and counterpointed against the primary sources of dysregulation in young children, including excessive psychosensory stimulation, states of intense emotional arousal, anxiety, and conditions of toxic stress. Factors are reviewed that contribute to the development of self-regulatory capacity, including temperament and constitutional factors, cognitive control in the form of executive function; positive parenting, attachment, and internal representation; and the capacity for symbolization, along with the expected progression of the acquisition of self-regulatory capacity. Specific regulatory functions of play are identified and explicated including play as regulatory practice, novelty and investigation, and roles and rules. The article concludes by summarizing the state of current empirical evidence with regard to play and self-regulation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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