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Play in Clinical Practice
Author: Sandra W. Russ

ISBN: 9781609180461
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 27 January 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.18
Play is a natural mode of communication and interaction for children, and a key tool for child clinicians. What are the most effective ways to integrate play into assessment and intervention? How does play contribute to the treatment of particular problems? And what aspects of play actually help bring about therapeutic change? This innovative volume assembles leading experts on child development and child therapy to present the latest knowledge and clinical practices in this area. Exemplary approaches to working with children and their families are illustrated with rich case material.

The volume begins by exploring the role of play in children's cognitive, emotional, and interpersonal development. Chapters on clinical assessment cover empirically supported ways to evaluate pretend play and parent-child play in order to gain a better sense of the areas in which children are struggling, and to plan effective treatment. The book then describes how a variety of therapeutic models---including cognitive-behavioral therapies---incorporate play to promote healthy development and teach children needed skills. Approaches are demonstrated for treating such d...

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