Contributions of the Profession of Occupational Therapy to the Understanding of the Phenomenon of Play as an Occupation

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After reading this chapter, the reader will:

  • Describe the unique contribution of occupational therapy to the understanding of play as a phenomenon.
  • Explain the profession’s views on play both historically and currently.
  • Differentiate play as an occupation from play as a tool.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the meaning of play for children.
  • Situate occupational therapy’s role within the changing societal context for play.
  • Formulate a plan for collaboration with other “play ambassadors and champions” to improve the state of play.


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9781284194661 (ebook); 9781284194654 (print)