The Development of Play

Patricia E. Spencer and Kathryn P. Meadow-Orlans

in The World of Deaf Infants

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780195147902
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893775 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives on Deafness

The Development of Play

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This chapter analyzes child play to document stages in play shown by two groups of deaf children (Dd and Hd) and a group of hearing children (Hh) across the ages when play typically progresses from presymbolic to symbolic levels. Effects and interrelations of child and dyadic hearing status, child language production, and maternal responsiveness are investigated. The children in all three groups progressed through similar steps in the acquisition and demonstration of representational and symbolic play, thus indicating the robustness of the developmental course of this ability. However, the age at appearance and the time spent in production of higher levels of play were associated with and apparently influenced by the other factors investigated. An effect of child hearing status was found at 12 months for the production of representational play, with hearing children more likely than either group of deaf children to play at this level.

Keywords: child play; deaf children; hearing status

Chapter.  6462 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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