This course is inspired by the training schools of the LUDI Network Play for children with disability (TD1309, www.ludi-network.eu
), in which Dr. Pedro Encarnação has been Vice President.
Play is crucial for child development. Through play children acquire motor, cognitive, language, and social skills. The vital role of play is universally recognized and play is a right enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Article 31) and in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Article 30). These Conventions do not hierarchize rights and thus the right to play is affirmed in parallel to all other rights (e.g., health or education).
Play has been widely studied and different narratives have been used to explain and justify play (Brian Sutton-Smith, a prominent scholar on play, identified seven “rethorics” of play: progress, fate, power, (community) identity, imaginary, self, and frivolity). Different disciplines have addressed play, each with her particular focus. For example, psychologists have studied different types of play and their relation to child development, educators have studied how play could foster the acquisition of new knowledge, engineers and designers have studied the characteristics of objects and environments that make them playful.
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