Play Resources available at the Center for Disability Resources Library

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Audiovisual Resources


101 activities for kids in tight spaces: At the doctor's office, on car, train, and plane trips, home sick in bed. Carol Stock Kranowitz. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 1995. Call Number: Disabilities-FAM HQ 783 K89o 1995

Achieving learning goals through play: Teaching young children with special needs. Anne H. Widerstrom. 2nd ed.Baltimore: P.H. Brookes Pub., 2005. Call Number: Disabilities-PROF LC 4019.3 W639a 2005
- The author presents a number of strategies for using play activities throughout the school day in order to accomplish individual learning goals. The information is applicable to early childhood education classrooms and child care centers. Includes information on writing individual goals and objectives for play, as well as sample activities.

Activities for school-age child care: Playing and learning. Barbara Blakley. Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1989. Call Number: Disabilities-PROF HQ 778.6 A188 1989

Adaptive play for special needs children: Strategies to enhance communication and learning. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite. San Diego, CA: College-Hill Press, 1986. Call Number: Disabilities-TRANSITION HQ 782 M989a 1986
- This book describes the uses of and strategies for adaptive play in the special needs child. The book provides an appendix that lists supportive organizations and manufacturers.

Autism and play. Jannik Beyer and Lone Gammeltoft. London: Jessica Kingsley, 1999. Call Number: Disabilities-PROF WM 203.5 B573a 1999
- This handbook describes different play sequences, which encourage the integration of social, emotional and cognitive development in autistic children. Focuses on the four key skills of visualizing, imitation, mirroring, and turn-taking.

Baby play & learn. Penny Warner. Minnetonka, MN: Meadowbrook Press, 1999. Call Number: Disabilities-FAM WS 105 W283b 1999

Becoming partners with children: From play to conversation. MacDonald, James D. San Antonio, TX: Special Press, 1989. Call Number: Disabilities-FAM WS 105.5 .F2 M135b 1989

The best toys, books and videos for kids. New York, NY: Harper Perennial, 1993. Call Number: Disabilities-FAM GV 1218.5 B561 1995

A child's first book about play therapy. 1st ed. Marc A. Nemiroff and Jane Annunziata. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 1990. Call Number: Disabilities-FAM WS 350.2 N434c 1990
- This book is intended for young children. Readers learn about psychotherapy and the value of play as treatment for behavior problems in small children.

Creative activities for young children. Mary Mayesky. 6th Ed. Albany, N.Y. : Delmar Publishers, 1998. Disabilities-TRANSITION WS 105 M468c 1998.
        - “For individuals who want to know more about creative children, creative teaching, and creative curriculum activities...Overall emphasis on creativity and process over product…Written in a developmental context, you will learn why activities should be used as well as how to implement them.”

Creative child: Recognize and stimulate your child's natural talents. Dorothy Einon. London: Hamlyn, 2002. Call Number: Disabilities-FAM WS 105.5 .C7 E35C 2002
- A noted child development expert advises parents on how to help their child make the most of his or her natural talents and abilities. The book speaks mainly to parents of kids between the critical ages of two and six.

Creative resources for infants and toddlers. Judith Herr, Terri Swim. Albany, NY: Delmar, 1999. Disabilities-TRANSITION WS 105 H564c 1999.
        -"Focuses on the growth of the whole child covering all areas of development: physical, language and communication, cognitive, social, and emotional. To support, enhance, and promote the child’s development in all of these areas, this unique book includes 280 specially-designed activities.”

Developing leisure time skills for persons with autism: A practical approach for home, school and community. Phyllis Coyne. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons, Inc., 1999. Call Number: Disabilities-PROF WM 203.5 C881d 1999

The first years: A parent & caregiver's guide to helping children learn. Janet Pozmantier, Joanne Go, Laurie Segal Robinson. 1st Ed. New York, N.Y. : DK Publishing, 2001. Call Number: Disabilitites-FAM WS 105.5.C3 P893t 2001.
- “Focuses on helping children learn in their first three years of life… Offers insight into early development, based on research, as well as practical suggestions for joyful parenting...Accessible text written in layman’s terms."

From toys to computers: Access for the physically disabled child. Christine Wright, Mari Nomura. San Jose, CA: C. Wright, 1985. Call Number: Disabilities-PROF WB 320 W948f 1985

Fun without fatigue: Toys and activities for children with restricted movement and limited energy. Roma Lear. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2001. Call Number: Disabilities-PROF WS 350.2 L438f 2001

Game play: Therapeutic use of childhood games. Charles E. Schaefer, Steven E. Reid. New York: Wiley, 1986. Call Number: Disabilities-PROF WS 350.2 G1921 1986

Games, giggles, and giant steps. Susan Miller. Cleveland, OH: Instructor Books, 1988. Call Number: Disabilities PROF LB 1140.35 .E36 M651g 1988

Let's play with our children: Ideas for families of children with severe handicaps. Pat Downey. Washington, D.C.: Association for the Care of Children's Health, 1986. Call Number: Disabilities-FAM QT 250 D748L 1986

More infant and toddler experiences. Fran Hast and Ann Hollyfield. St. Paul, Minn. : Redleaf Press, 2001. Disabilities-TRANSITION WS 105 H356m 2001.
        -“Find creative suggestions for interactions that strengthen both the developing child and the caregiver...Offer directions on planning environments to support infant and toddler learning...Will give both novice and experienced infant/toddler teacher fresh approaches and new experiences to try.”

The new language of toys: Teaching communication skills to children with special needs: A guide for parents and teachers. Sue Schwartz. 3rd ed. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2004. Call Number: Disabilities-FAM WL 340.2 S399n 2004

Motivate to communicate!: 300 games and activities for your child with autism. Simone Griffin and Dianne Sandler. London; Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2010. Call Number: Disabilities-TRAN WM 203.5 G852m 2010

The out-of-sync child has fun: Activities for kids with sensory integration dysfunction. Carol Stock Kranowitz. New York: Berkley Pub. Group, 2003. Call Number: Disabilities-FAM RJ 496 .B7 K89o 2003

The outside play and learning book : activities for young children. Karen Miller. Mt. Rainier, MD: Gryphon House, 1989. Call Number: Disabilities-TRANSITION GV 191.2 M648t 1989

-Hundreds of play and learning activities for young children to use outdoors.

Play activities for young children with sensory impairments. Joan Rich. Seattle, WA: Experimental Education Unit, Child Development and Mental Retardation Center, University of Washington, 1990. Call Number: Disabilities-PROF WS 350.2 R498p 1990

Play and learn: Home and school activities to help meet children's needs. Columbia, S.C.: South Carolina University Affiliated Program, Center for Developmental Disabilities, School of Medicine, 1996. Call Number: Disabilities-PROF WS 350.6 P722 1996

Play in the lives of children. Cosby S. Rogers and Janet K. Sawyers. Washington, D.C.: National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1988. Call Number: Disabilities-PROF WS 105.5 .P5 R724p 1988.

Playing, laughing, and learning with children on the autism spectrum: A practical resource of play ideas for parents and carers. Julia Moor. London; Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2002. Call Number: Disabilities-FAM WM 203.5 M819p 2002

Positioning for play: Home activities for parents of young children. Rachel B. Diamant. Tucson, Ariz.: Therapy Skill Builders, 1992. Call Number: Disabilities-PROF WS 368 D537p 1992

Prattle and play: Equipment recipes for nonspeech communication. Faith Carlson. Omaha, Neb.: Media Resource Center, Meyer Children's Rehabilitation Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 1982. Call Number: Disabilities-FAM HM 258 C284p 1982

Sing me a story! Tell me a song! : Creative thematic activities for teachers of young children. Hilda L. Jackman. Clifton Park, NY : Thomson/Delmar Learning, 2005. Disabilities-TRANSITION LC 4019.2 J12s 2005.
    - Includes book and CD-ROM - “Provides the answers and planning tools educators need to effectively teach children from infancy to age eight using the thematic approach. The 30 themes presented provide a framework for integrating all area’s of a child’s development.”

Therapeutic play activities for hospitalized children. Robyn Hart. St. Louis: Mosby-Year Book, 1992. Call Number: Disabilities-PROF WS 105.5 .H7 H326t 1992

Thrifty nifty stuff for little kids: Developmental play using home resources. Dee A. Blose and Laura L. Smith. Tucson, AZ: Communication Skill Builders, 1995. Call Number: Disabilities-TRANSITION WS 350.2 B656t 1995.

-Assist young children with special needs by adapting ordinary household objects into more than 230 creative activities.

Toddler play. Wendy S. Masi. Creative Publishing international, 2001. Call Number: Disabilities-FAM WS 105 T634 2001

Toy workshop: Toys you can make yourself for handicapped and non-handicapped children. Ekkehard Bartsch and the German Design Council. Berlin: FIPP-Verlag, 1992. Call Number: Disabilities-FAM TT 174 S755t 1992

Audiovisual Resources

Child's play and the real world (video). Davis, Calif.: Sterling Educational Films, 1974. (16 min) Call Number: Disabilities-AV WS 105.5 .P5 C537 1974
- Shows how play forms an important part in the development of expression and imagination in children.

Cognitive development (video). Maureen Lynch. New York: Young Adult Institute, 1986. (27 min) Call Number: Disabilities-AV WS 105.5 .C7 C676 1986
- Discusses how children learn to think about their world through play. Emphasizes the cognitive development of developmentally disabled children.

Let's play: Video-modeling for play and social interaction skills (video). Watch Me Learn, 2007. Call number: Disabilities-AV WM 203.5 L649 2007.
-Features play and socialization skills including: coloring, Simon Says, ring around the rosey, and outdoor play. Depicts acclaimed standards of child development and communication through play.

Risk a rainbow (video). SProduced by Carol H. Bitcon and Pamela Healy; directed by John Hart. Beverly Hills, Calif., 1983. (23 min) Call Number: Disabilities-AV WS 350.2 R595 1983
- Using the arts in work and play at Fairview State Hospital for the Developmentally Disabled, Costa Mesa, Calif.

Toys for special children (video). Hastings on Hudson, NY: Steve Kanor/Toys for Special Children, 1987. (60 min) Call Number:Disabilities-AV W 26 T756 1987
- Dr. Steven Kanor demonstrates a series of electromechanical devices constructed specifically for physically handicapped people. Includes switches, toys, communication aids, mobility aids and other aids that help physically handicapped people function in society.

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