- To examine the potential role of play occupations in advocacy practice within education contexts with migrant children at risk of play deprivation.
- To operationalize play occupations as a central element in school life as a platform to enable participation and inclusion in school environments.
Double degree at Lulea University of Technology (LTU) and University College Cork (UCC)
Play is under threat for many children in varied contexts resulting in a focus on play solutions in policy as well as practice, in order to address “play deprivation”. Play deprivation occurs when children do not have the same freedom or capacity to access play opportunities on an equal basis to other children, due to cultural, social, or physical barriers (i.e. associated with people, place, policy, and practice). In schools, groups of children engage in extended social play more readily than in community playspaces. Despite this, schoolchildren are at risk of play deprivation within education contexts since playspaces at school offer different social complexities compared to community playspaces. For enabling inclusive play in school settings, new context-based approaches of practice are needed to promote children’s play occupations.
- The potential role of Occupational Therapy to enable children`s play in schools will be identified.
- Results will include the development of innovative solutions for implementing play interventions in school contexts.
- Results will include a framework for enhancing play opportunities in outdoor school spaces with a special focus on migrant children.