About this Research Topic
The significance of play in childhood has led to its frequent use in the assessment of child development and in the implementation of child and parent-child psychological and educational interventions. Historically, however, the validity and efficacy of these interventions have not been rigorously evaluated. Further, few assessment and intervention models have included parents, teachers, and other key caregivers, but have focused only on the child.
This Research Topic will bring together the most current literature on the use of play in child assessment and intervention. We will include empirical research, theoretical papers, and clinical cases that focus on (1) play-based instruments to assess children’s development or the caregiver-child relationship, and (2) prevention and treatment models that integrate play as a means to foster children’s healthy cognitive, behavioral, and emotional functioning. We are especially interested in papers that explore the mechanisms of change present in the play situation that may be used in the development of new interventions, and papers that investigate assessment and intervention models that can be implemented within education settings (e.g., preschool) or that include caregivers as well as children.
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