Title

Play Preferences of Typically Developing Children and Children with Developmental Delays between ages 3 and 7 years

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

Winter 2008

Abstract

This cross-sectional survey research investigated play preferences of children with and without developmental delays who were between 3 and 7 years old. Parents completed questionnaires regarding their child's play activity and context preferences. Valid results were obtained for 166 children, 83 of whom had developmental delays. Preference ratings were compared by gender, age, and delay status. Play preference did not differ by gender. Rough-and-tumble play and computer/video game play increased with age, whereas object exploration decreased. Children with developmental delays had higher preferences for rough-and-tumble play and object exploration and lower preferences for drawing and coloring, construction, and doll and action figurine play than typically developing children. This comparison of children's play preferences across ages, gender, and developmental status enhances our understanding of how these variables influence children's play.

DOI

10.3928/15394492-20080101-01

Publication

OTJR: Occupation, Participation And Health

Volume

28

Issue

1

Pages

19-29


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