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

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Winter 2008


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.



Case-Smith, Jane, and Heather Miller Kuhaneck. "Play Preferences Of Typically Developing Children And Children With Developmental Delays Between Ages 3 And 7 Years." OTJR: Occupation, Participation And Health 28.1 (2008): 19-29.

doi: 10.3928/15394492-20080101-01