Assessment of playfulness in children with autistic disorder: A comparison of the children's playfulness scale and the test of playfulness

Muys, Varnia, Rodger, Sylvia and Bundy, Anita C. (2006) Assessment of playfulness in children with autistic disorder: A comparison of the children's playfulness scale and the test of playfulness. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 26 4 Fall: 159-170.


Author Muys, Varnia
Rodger, Sylvia
Bundy, Anita C.
Title Assessment of playfulness in children with autistic disorder: A comparison of the children's playfulness scale and the test of playfulness
Journal name OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1539-4492
1938-2383
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 26
Issue 4 Fall
Start page 159
End page 170
Total pages 12
Editor H. Polatajiko
Place of publication Thorofare, NJ, U. S. A.
Publisher Slack
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
321024 Rehabilitation and Therapy - Occupational and Physical
730303 Occupational, speech and physiotherapy
1103 Clinical Sciences
Formatted abstract This study investigated the Children's Playfulness Scale (CPS) and the Test of Playfulness (ToP) in assessing children with autistic disorder. Twenty-four children aged 41 to 86 months were assessed on the CPS by a parent and on the CPS and the ToP by occupational therapists who rated two 15-minute unstructured and structured play sessions. Analysis of the data revealed correlations between the CPS parent and therapist ratings and the CPS and ToP scores for observed play sessions. A statistically significant difference (F = 79,263; p = .01) between parent CPS ratings and therapist CPS ratings was found in the unstructured play session. Correlation coefficients revealed a strong, positive correlation between therapist-rated ToP and CPS assessments (unstructured play, r = .814, p < .05; structured play, r =.799, p < .05). Regarding therapist ratings of playfulness, the CPS and the ToP appear to assess a similar phenomenon and are clinically useful for children with autistic disorder.
Keyword Rehabilitation
Observational assessment
Rasch measurement model
Autism
Symbolic play
Preschoolers
Performance
Q-Index Code C1

 
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