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A Touch of Play

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The present paper presents data from an intervention-research, which is also a therapeutic experience, accomplished with a group of disabled children accompanied by the adults who take care of them, in an institution specialised in rehabilitation, located in Niterói/RJ, Brazil. The research departed from an interrogation about the possibilities opened up by a device, the Play Workshop, toward the interaction between the children and children and adults, away from the diagnostic categories attributed to the children. Based on authors such as Despret, Martins and others, the paper discusses the limits and reach of the notion of disability and points out that play is a creation and bond strengthening space between the children and between them and adults. Due to its inter-relational character, playing allowed the arousal of a welcoming field to the emotions involved. This way we stimulated participants’ self-knowledge about their actions, experiences and own bodies.

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Gurgel, M. & Moraes, M. (2014). A Touch of Play. Psychology, 5, 602-608. doi: 10.4236/psych.2014.57071.

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