Preschool children often engage in the enactment of scenes pretending to be a mom, dad, baby, or superhero. This kind of play is described using various terms, including dramatic play, pretend play, imaginative play, fantasy play, symbolic play, and role play. When this kind of play happens with two or more children, it is referred to as sociodramatic play. In other words, sociodramatic play refers to pretend play in a social context. This entry examines the importance of sociodramatic play and pays specific attention to the theoretical and clinical contributions of Sara Smilansky. This entry further outlines the characteristics of sociodramatic play and explores its developmental benefits. Finally, the entry examines approaches to sociodramatic play training.

Sara Smilansky and Sociodramatic Play

The term sociodramatic play was used ...

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