9780415678131-0415678137-The Essence of Play

The Essence of Play

ISBN-13: 9780415678131
ISBN-10: 0415678137
Edition: 1
Author: Howard, Justine
Publication date: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Format: Paperback 168 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780415678131
ISBN-10: 0415678137
Edition: 1
Author: Howard, Justine
Publication date: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Format: Paperback 168 pages

Summary

Acknowledged authors Howard, Justine wrote The Essence of Play comprising 168 pages back in 2013. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0415678137 and 9780415678131. Since then The Essence of Play textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

Description

A unique companion to professional play practice!

All play professionals are united in their belief that play is important for children’s development – and there are inherent characteristics of play that underpin professional play practice across contexts. Providing an overarching concept of play, drawing together the evidence base across disciplines and linking theory to practice, The Essence of Play is the ideal handbook for all those working with children.

Play acts as a natural resource for children to meet physical, intellectual and emotional challenges and this book, unusually, considers play from the perspectives of children rather than adults. It provides a baseline of shared knowledge for all play professionals, exploring the fundamental value of play rather than a ‘how to’ approach to practice. It considers:

  • the therapeutic potential inherent in play;
  • how play reflects and promotes physical, emotional, intellectual, linguistic and social abilities;
  • the emergence of different types of play skills and why these are important;
  • cross-cultural patterns in play, gender, atypicality and adversity, highlighting the relevance of these issues to professional play practice;
  • the benefits of utilising play for assessment and other professional practice issues such as ethical play practice, balancing risk with health and safety and the creation and management of boundaries.

This text is designed for students and practitioners working with children across the helping professions, including early years education, play therapy, playwork, childcare, social care, nursing and allied health. Each chapter provides directed reading and small reflective tasks to encourage readers to digest key issues.

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