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In this course, students will explore the meanings and purposes of play and how play develops as a child develops. Various theories of play therapy will be introduced, and the roles of child life specialist and play therapist will be delineated. Students will learn how child life specialists can create the optimal environment to encourage learning, development, and healing through play in hospitals and other healthcare settings. The course also covers directive and non-directive therapeutic play techniques for use in playrooms, clinical settings, and at the bedside, both with the individual child and for groups. Prerequisite: EDUC 500.