Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Russ, S. W. and Cordiano, T. S. 2010. Play Assessment. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Play assessment can tell us a great deal about a child's cognitive and emotional functioning. Pretend play is often a part of a clinical assessment, because play is such a natural form of expression for young children (age 4–10 years). Clinicians often infer much about a child's functioning from their observations of pretend play. Standardized play tasks and measures are being developed that can be used in a formal assessment battery. Play assessment can contribute to treatment planning and outcome evaluation.
- affect in play;
- pretend play;
- treatment planning