Reframing Risk: Working with Caregivers of Children with Disabilities to Promote Risk-Taking in Play

Grady-Dominguez, Patricia, Ihrig, Kristina, Lane, Shelley, Aberle, Jennifer, Beetham, Kassia, Ragen, Jo, Spencer, Grace, Sterman, Julia, Tranter, Paul, Wyver, Shirley and Bundy, Anita (2020) Reframing Risk: Working with Caregivers of Children with Disabilities to Promote Risk-Taking in Play. In: International Review of Research in Developmental Disabilities. Elsevier, pp. 1-45.

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Risky play is invigorating, challenging play with uncertain outcomes that optimizes children's development, health, and everyday well-being and creates opportunities to develop decision-making skills in low-consequence contexts, experience positive feelings such as confidence and courage, and enjoy health-promoting physical activity. Children with disabilities have fewer opportunities to engage in risky play, often because of the intervention of well-intentioned adults. In this paper, we define and examine the benefits of risky play for children with and without disabilities. Then, we examine the role of caregivers in “gatekeeping” risky play opportunities. We present two novel instruments that allow practitioners to assess caregivers' tolerance of risky play: the Tolerance of Risk in Play Scale-Revised (TRiPS-R) and the Tolerance of Risk in Play Scale-Teacher (T-TRiPS). We describe the results of psychometric analyses of these instruments, demonstrating evidence for construct validity and internal reliability of data collected using these instruments. Finally, we encourage practitioners who work with children with disabilities to employ these tools to promote risky play for the children they serve.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Risky play, Risk tolerance, Play, Risk, Disability, Children, Parents
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2020 10:22
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:52

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