Pediatrics Question #39


Which is the best description of parallel play?


  1. Children playing close to each other without meaningful interaction.
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  2. Children playing games together, interacting, and sharing toys.
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  3. One child playing by themselves or with very familiar people.
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  4. When two or three children play together, some lead and some follow.
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The correct answer is A. Children usually play alone but close during parallel play but have no meaningful interaction. This usually occurs around the 1st birthday. Playing games together and interaction is not the definition of parallel play. Parallel play requires two children playing without interaction. Children playing together indicates interaction and is not parallel play

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