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’s 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: At the end of this course students will be able to:
    • Provide an overview of the history of play in terms of philosophy, practices and values that underlies children’s activities.
    • Students will have comprehensive understanding of play intended to help prepare them for guiding children’s play in preschools, elementary schools, park systems, and research programs.
    • Theoretical and practical approaches to promoting developmental integrated play and learning approaches across various age and developmental levels.
    • Able to develop the ability to select appropriate materials and instructional strategies to meet students needs.
    • Explore ways to create safe play environments for all children, and how to weave  play into school curricula.
    • Understand how Media and technology effects screen time on children’s development.
  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
    • Plays History: Ideas, Beliefs, and Activities
    • Theory as Lenses on Children’s Play
    • Neuroscience and Play Deprivation
    • Play: Infants & Toddlers
    • Play in the Preschool Years
    • Play and the School Age Child
    • Culture & Gender in Play
    • Play and the Curriculum
    • Creating Play Environment
    • Play & Children with Disabilities
    • Computers & Technology a Emerging Toys
    • Play Environment
    • Play & Disability
    • Computers & Technology
    • Introduction to Play Therapy
      • Art Therapy
      • Music Therapy
      • Sand Play & Symbols
      • Drama
    • Child Safety in Public Places
    • Playwork in American & European Playgrounds

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