June 28, 2009
Parallel play is when two children are playing the same play frame, but not collaborating with one another or influencing one another’s play directly.
Rather than through negotiation, the two children’s play frames are synchronized and coordinated by imitation. You often see one child repeating the same action that another child does. (Classic Vygotsky: the play frame is in their ZPD and they are learning how to act in it from one another).
This poses problems for kids with disabilities: #1: their motor and linguistic capacity to imitate.
Can our kid actually perform the physical actions of driving the car up the ramp or putting a dress on Barbie? This is a problem (but is a little out of my universe as an SLP. I’ll let the OT and Rec Therapists work on this one).
Can a child using AAC imitate something that another child says that sounds interesting?