A comparison of the play skills of preschool children with and without developmental coordination disorder

Kennedy-Behr, Ann, Rodger, Sylvia and Mickan, Sharon (2013) A comparison of the play skills of preschool children with and without developmental coordination disorder. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 33 4: 198-208. doi:10.3928/15394492-20130912-03

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Author Kennedy-Behr, Ann
Rodger, Sylvia
Mickan, Sharon
Title A comparison of the play skills of preschool children with and without developmental coordination disorder
Journal name OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1539-4492
1938-2383
Publication date 2013-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3928/15394492-20130912-03
Volume 33
Issue 4
Start page 198
End page 208
Total pages 11
Place of publication Thorofare, NJ, United States
Publisher Slack
Language eng
Abstract Play is commonly acknowledged as being important to children's development. School-aged children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) are known to be less involved in play and more socially isolated than their typically developing peers, but little is known about play of preschool children with DCD. Using a quasi-experimental design, developmental play skills and frequency in engagement in play of two independent groups of preschool children aged 4 to 6 years with (n = 32) and without (n = 31) probable DCD were compared. Play skills were assessed using the Revised Knox Preschool Play Scales and the Play Observation Scale based on 30 minutes of videotape of free play at preschool. Preschool children with probable DCD had a lower developmental play age and engaged less frequently in play than their typically developing peers. Given the importance of play, children with DCD need to be identified and supported to enable them to play at preschool similarly to their peers.
Keyword Play
Developmental corrdination disorder
Participation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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