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Children's Play: Assessment and Early Intervention
An exploration of children's play as a tool for assessing children's development and a vehicle for implementing intervention strategies.
# 106115 | 887 words | 10 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Jul 25, 2008 in Education (Early Childhood) , Education (General) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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This paper discusses how observing and assessing children through play can help to identify delays in a child's social, cognitive, language, and physical development, and to plan intervention strategies. Correlations found between play behavior and skill development show that play is a valuable tool for learning and should be used in intervention. Although some educators prefer formal assessment tools, the writer concludes that a combination of traditional assessment methods and play-based assessment methods can result in optimal development for the child.

From the Paper:

"Assessing children through play is an unobtrusive non-threatening method of assessment that will result in a more accurate picture of the child's development. As children play in a familiar environment such as their home or child care center, they are more likely to demonstrate their full range of skills and abilities. Moore agrees that assessments made from children's informal work and during play are most likely to give an accurate and balanced understanding of their learning and development (2000)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Association for Childhood Education International. (1988). Play: A necessity for all children. A position paper. Olney, MD: Association for Childhood International.
  • Bricker, D. Pretti-Frontczak, K. & McComas, N. (1998). An activity based approach to early intervention. (2nd ed.). Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.
  • Bufkin, L. J. & Bryde, S. M. (1996). Young children at their best: Linking play to assessment and intervention. Teaching Exceptional Children, 29, (2), 50-53.
  • Linder, Toni W. (1993). Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment: A functional approach to working with young children. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.
  • Levin, D. & Lobo, B. (2000, November). Learning about the world through play. Early Childhood Today. Retrieved July 20, 2008, from Scholastic database.

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