Stories for play development and assessment
This chapter looks at two developmental paradigms which can form the basis of both play and play therapy, within any theoretical framework and application, and which lead into the assessment of play and storytelling. They are Neuro–Dramatic–Play and Embodiment–Projection–Role. Neuro–Dramatic–Play is the sensory, rhythmic and dramatic playfulness that occurs between mother and unborn child and mother and newborn child, six months before birth and six months after birth. The Mandala Diagram can be used as an assessment tool for discovering the strengths and vulnerability of the child. Childbirth itself is very messy and sticky and it is important for infants to be allowed to engage with messy play. After birth, the infant searches for the mother's face and recognises her voice. He or she will be calmed by the lilt and rhythm of the mother's voice as she continues to tell stories. Embodiment–Projection–Role charts the child's dramatic development from birth to seven years old.