Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Adaptive play refers to play that has been altered in form, complexity, or intent to serve the needs of children with disabilities. This can range from developing new play materials or altering the form of traditional play materials for children with severe physical disabilities to modifying the rules of play or setting up situations to promote play opportunities for children who are cognitively impaired, as described by Musselwhite. Adaptive play through the use of assistive technology can offer a wide range of opportunities for children with developmental delays. Play is a way for children to explore, adapt, and develop. It is an activity that is engaged in for its own sake and that entails a freedom of choice in the activity as well as a sense of enjoyment. Children play because it is fun and because they have a desire to play. Although play differs among individual children and different ...