Sunday, 9 November 2014


A study from 2011 – only just spotted

From Sizanani Children’s Home in South Africa  
The cognitive play abilities of the residents in Sizanani Children’s Home improved more during CPI than during the MSST-intervention or the baseline period. It has been established that children starting the intervention with a lower level of cognitive play progress to a greater extent than those already starting on a higher level. The level of motor functioning or social responsiveness does not moderate the effectiveness of CPI on cognitive play performances.
Neither is the effectiveness of CPI moderated by the effect of one of the parallel programs (CE and MSST).

CPI signifies cognitive play activities, MSST is Multi-Sensory-Storytelling

Kathrin Flesch undertook this particular study for a masterate, conductor Zsoka Magyarszeky managed the service, at Sizanani Children’s Home

And STOP PRESS: the book

Zsoka is also joint editor of the edited book on the work of the Sizanani Village, published at the end of last month by the Free University of Amsterdam. She now works at Stick'n'Step on Merseyside, England.


Flesch, K. (2011) Evaluation of a cognitive play intervention in children with profound multiple disabilities at a children’s home in South Africa, University of Utrecht

Magyarszeky, Z., Vermeer, A. (eds.) (2014) Disability Care in Africa: Community-Based Rehabilitation in Rural Regions, Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit

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