You will prepare and submit a term paper on The Significance of Play in Child Development. Your paper should be a minimum of 1250 words in length. A multi-agency team, consisting of a playworker, a nursery nurse, and a teaching assistant, worked with Rose to help her come out of her emotional trauma. Fun tools available to the kids and the types of play activities were observed, along with special consideration given to the team’s supervision and other adults’ direct or indirect contribution in play activities. The team saw positive outcomes. The paper is an important addition to research regarding the importance of play.
The case study involved a 5-year-old girl named Rose, whose 9-year-old brother had died of asthma. She had been suffering from stress and depression since the death of her elder brother. This was hindering her psycho-social development. Her curricular and extra-curricular activities had started getting affected. She had also been avoiding meeting people, including her parents and peers. She is reported to have been very social before the death of her brother. A brief explanation of her condition would be that she was suffering from emotional trauma because of the loss of a dear one. To deal with her emotional state, and to make her feel and act better by introducing the play to her daily routine, the school called in a multi-agency team, which included a playworker, a teaching assistant, and a nursery nurse. The class teacher also played a little role in making the team understand the whole scenario and work with Rose. The professionals involved had prior experience of working with mentally ill children, and thus, they made great efforts in bringing Rose out of her trauma. They were highly trained in providing the children with a play space, where they could play independently and confidently. According to the multi-agency team and the playworker the school hired, it was necessary to enable the child to enhance her play experience by providing her with a rich play environment. Thus, their objective was not to play with Rose, but in motivating her to play by initiating .joy in her and the activity she engaged in.
How the team worked
The team conducted the playwork according to the description provided by Bonel and Lindon (15) in their book.