Play is the most prominent, and arguably the most pleasurable, waking activity of the young child. It is also an occasion for the development of fantasy, creativity, and linguistic, affective, social, and problem-solving skills. When children play with a parent, the parent has a unique opportunity to support and encourage their child's development while building their relationship. In the case of children struggling with developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Speech/Language Impairment, and ADHD,observations of a parent and child at play provide a window into a child's specific developmental strengths and weaknesses as well as the parent-child relationship.This lecture will present information from a study of parent-child play addressing:
1) ways that parents can encourage child developmentthrough play with their child;
2) the importance of parent-child play as an assessment measure when diagnosing developmental disabilities and identifying a child's strengths and weaknesses; and
3) the usefulness of parent-child play as an intervention tool when working with children with developmental disabilities.
Maia Noeder is a doctoral candidate on the Child/Family Track of the CWRU Department of Clinical Psychology. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychological/ Brain Sciences from Johns Hopkins University and a Master's degree in Child Developmental Psychology from Tufts University. In her dissertation she is investigating the characteristics and diagnostic utility of parent-child play among young children with developmental disabilities. In the fall, she will be joining the Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children asa psychology resident.
Doctoral Showcase Lectures feature the work of fellows of the 2012 Arts and Science Dissertation Seminar.
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This event is not sponsored by the Schubert Center, but may be of interest to our friends and colleagues.