Why Play?

Creative Design

Occupational Therapy and Play often come hand in hand. This is because play is a major occuational role of childhood. Play is often used as a medium to engage children to address all their OT goals including motor skills, attention and concentration, social skills, self care e.g. dressing

PLAY

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- To learn about their physical, social and emotional abilities and skills

- Explore motivation and achievement

- Imaginary world for mastery over unmanageable aspects of reality

- Activation, exploration and wonder

- Build interpersonal relationships

- Develop interest

- Develop concentration and problem solving skills

Social Play Categories

Unoccupied

- not playing, watching things of momentary interest

Solitary

- actively involved in play alone, usually object play, 12-18 months

Onlooker

- watching the play activity of others, may talk to them , doesn’t join play

Parallel

- playing alongside another child or group of children, often related or identical activity, may be similar toys, 24-30 months

Associative

- playing in a group, in an activity all share, but loosely related with no prior play, 30-36 months

Cooperative

- a group plays together on a game all have agreed on, planned for, and established some rules for, 36-42 months 

Summer Food Pattern

Types of Play

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CONSTRUCTIONAL PLAY

Manipulation of objects to construct or create something

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DRAMATIC/PRETEND PLAY

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EXPLORATORY PLAY

Investigation of properties of toy, object, self or others

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ROUGH AND TUMBLE PLAY

Involves pretense, acting out a role

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FUNCTIONAL PLAY

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GAMES WITH RULES

Sensorimotor or practice play appropriate to the situation

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TECHNOLOGICAL PLAY

Recognition of increasing role that technology has in play repertoire of children

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