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ERIC Number: EJ961791
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0194-2638
Play and Cognition among Young Children Reared in an Institution
Daunhauer, Lisa A.; Coster, Wendy J.; Tickle-Degnen, Linda; Cermak, Sharon A.
Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, v30 n2 p83-97 May 2010
The relationship between cognitive functioning and play behaviors of children residing in an orphanage was examined. Twenty-six young children (15 boys) between 10 and 38 months of age participated. More developmentally competent play behaviors were highly related to better performance on cognitive functioning as measured by the Bayley Scales of Infant Development (r = 0.78, p [less than or equal to] 0.01). The participants' play behaviors were less competent compared to previous data for children of the same chronological age living at home on four out of five levels of symbolic play (p [less than or equal to] 0.05). However, when compared to data for children living at home with similar cognitive development, the participants demonstrated no significant differences in symbolic play (p [greater than or equal to] 0.05). The findings suggest that the relationship between thinking and playing is robust, even in an institutional environment. Additionally, practitioners assessing children from institutions who cannot engage in standardized testing may consider observing play behaviors to make an initial estimate of developmental status. (Contains 3 tables and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Romania
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Bayley Scales of Infant Development