Child Play Therapy

Child Play Therapy

  1. Module Title: Child Play Therapy
  2. Module Prefix/Number: PSYC 388
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description:
    This course provides a comprehensive view of Child Play and is designed for students who have a need to understand the fascinating and complex world of children’s play.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes:
    By the end of this course, students should achieve the following Learning Outcomes
    1. Understand the common characteristics and value of play. It provides an overview of the history of play in terms of classical and current theories, practices and values that underlies children’s activities and the relationship between play and development. Lastly, students will also be exposed to scientific observation and assessment of play. 1.1 Explain common characteristics of play.
    1.2 Discuss the classical and current theories of play and the issues they raise.
    1.3 Explain the cognitive, social and emotional, communication, and physical development of play for the various stages of child development.
    1.4 Describe the types of play that dominate the various stages of child development.
    1.5 Describe the various types of observation and assessment for play.
    2. Students will have comprehensive understanding of play intended to help prepare them for guiding children’s play in preschools, kindergarten and primary school. Students will also explore theoretical and practical approaches to promoting developmental integrated play and learning approaches across various age and developmental levels. 2.1 Discuss the benefits of play for preschool, kindergarten and primary age students.
    2.2 Discuss appropriate materials and instructional strategies to meet students’ needs at the various ages.
    2.3 Explore ways to create play environments for all children, and how to weave play into school curricula.
    2.4 Describe how to assess play, organize findings, and share results.
    3. Students will have comprehensive understanding on play for children who have special needs. Students will also explore theoretical and practical approaches of play for children with special needs in an inclusive setting.
    In addition, students will have an in-depth understanding of outdoor play for the various ages and the different roles of adults facilitating the play. Lastly, students will identify current trends and issues that affect children’s play in research.
    3.1 Discuss the theoretical foundation of play for children who have special needs.
    3.2 Explain the role of the adult in fostering play in an inclusive setting.
    3.3 Describe outdoor play for the various ages.
    3.4 Distinguish the different roles of the adult in facilitating outdoor play.
    3.5 Identify safety concerns and issues related to outdoor play.
    3.6 Identify major trends and issues that affect children’s play.
    3.7 Explain the evolution of play research in terms of current practice.
  6. Grading Scale:
    Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:

    Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
    A 90–100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59


    Assignments 40%

    As part of the requirements, students must complete short assignments based on these studies. There will be 2 assignments, each attracting 20% of total course grade.

    Assignment (Essay) 20%

    Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.

    Guidelines for the essay assignment:

    • Word limit: 1500 – 2500
    • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1″ margins.
    • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar.
    • References to be provided using the APA guidelines.

    Exam 40%

    There will be a Final exam. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.

  7. Course Outline
    • Introduction
    • Valuing Play
    • Play as Development
    • Observing and Assessing Play
    • Supporting Play for Infants and Toddlers
    • Supporting Play for Preschool Children
    • Supporting Play for Preschool Children
    • Supporting Play in Kindergarten Classrooms
    • Supporting Play in Primary School
    • Supporting Play for Children in Middle Childhood
    • Supporting Play for Children with Special Needs
    • Outdoor Play for Young Children
    • Current Trends and Issues

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