Introduction. 1. Play Research and its Applications: A Current Perspective Peter K. Smith 2. The Origins of Exploratory Play Larry Fenson and Robert E. Schell 3. Play in Young Children: Problems of Definition, Categorisation and Measurement Peter K. Smith, Mehri Takhvar, Neil Gore and Ralph Vollstedt 4. Training of Symbolic Play James F. Christie 5. Language Play Stan A. Kuczaj II 6. Play and Learning with Computers Tony Simon 7. Changing Beliefs about Play and Handicapped Children Roy McConkey 8. Play Therapy Charles E. Schaefer 9. Outdoor Play and Play Equipment Heather Naylor. Notes on Contributors. Author Index. Subject Index.