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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Project Play: Northeastern University Researchers Recruiting Children for Study

From Northeastern University's
Bouve College of Health Sciences

July 15, 2014

Project Play seeks to evaluate children’s play as a developmental process across the age span of 8 to 60 months.

Play is an important activity for young children’s development and learning. Research has demonstrated that children who are developing with delays often show delays in play.

Our goal is develop a user-friendly instrument to determine progress in play (i.e., a profile in play) for children who are developing with delays, for instructional purposes. To develop this instrument, we are evaluating the play of young children with and without delays.

At this point in the project, we really need to recruit families who live in the Boston metropolitan area, are English-speaking, and have a child between the ages of 8 months and 60 months who is developing with a delay.

During a visit to your home, we ask that a parent or caregiver play with the child for 30 minutes with toys that we provide, while we videotape. Then we administer a brief screening test to the child. We ask the parent/caregiver about family background and questions about the child’s overall development.

Participants receive an educational toy for their child, a $10 gift card, and a description of their child’s development in play.

If you are interested, please contact the Project Play research team through http://www.northeastern.edu/projectplay. Click on the tab “LEARN HOW TO PARTICIPATE,” then click on the “Families” link, and complete the form. Once you have submitted this information, someone will contact you to speak further.

If you prefer, you can also contact Project Play by calling (617) 373-3297 or emailing projectplay@neu.edu. Thank you! 

Primary Researcher: Karin Lifter, Ph.D.

Project Director: Amanda Cannarella, Ph.D.

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