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ERIC Number: EJ764251
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0885-6257
The Implications of Winnicott's Theory of Play for the Work of Occupational Therapy's Observation with Children with Physical Disabilities
Takatori, Marisa; Bomtempo, Edda
European Journal of Special Needs Education, v22 n1 p47-61 Feb 2007
This paper describes how the occupational therapist's looking at the child and his/her play could build a basic history of the subjects, providing the occupational therapist with clues to guide his/her proposed assistance. The authors understand the activity of play as a dimension that enables the subject to creatively establish contact with external reality. Play is an activity that reveals personal aspects of the person engaging in it; and play experiences embody aspects of the subject's internal reality, according to D. W. Winnicott's theory. Here we sought to follow the daily routines of children with physical disabilities and chose the child's home as the space for their investigation. The paper provides a descriptive analysis of cases to illustrate discussion of the use of play for intervention with these children. The subjects were three children with physical disabilities. The period of visiting in each child's home varied from one and a half to three months. In total there were 12 visits to each child's household, each lasting four hours. The history based on the relations of occupational therapist, child and play indicated possible routes that assistance could follow, but the basic purpose was to emphasize the importance of observing the child and his/her play activities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil