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There are many people involved in the evolution of play therapy. First a look at Jean Piaget and Erik Erickson's view of play in the stages of childhood development. Piaget (cited in Bruner, Jolly, and Sylva, 1976) felt that children learned through accommodation, experimenting with toys and assimilation, deduction/incorporation of objects into logical schema. Piaget expressed when accommodation and assimilation dissociate, play begins (cited in Bruner, Jolly, Sylva, 1976). In other words, a child experiments with a toy or activity, learns how to use the toy or do the activity, and then does it for happiness and display of knowledge. Piaget developed stages of development for children, in which play is involved.

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Master of Arts in Education


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Charles R. May


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