Play and development
Play is the single most important way that children learn about, grow confident with, and manage the stresses of living in their world, as it provides developmental stimulation, distraction, exploration, socialisation and entertainment. Yet, because of their poor health and institutionalization, children with life-limiting illnesses are more likely than other children to miss out on play opportunities even though they need play to help them cope and come to terms with their illness Despite having a limited life expectancy, children with a life-limiting illness have the right to develop to their full potential through a well-planned programme of focused stimulation. This chapter suggests that even the sickest child can be helped to play. All children must therefore have the time and place to play, and painful procedures must not be carried out in play areas. Normal activities such as school, hobbies and visits by friends should be encouraged wherever possible.
Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.