Call for Papers: Play and Children with disabilities – interdisciplinary perspectives

by / Tuesday, 08 November 2016 / Published in Call for Papers

v-stancheva_photoAssoc. Professor Vaska Stancheva-Popkostadinova, MD, MPsy, PhD

Dr. Vaska Stancheva-Popkostadinova is Associate Professor in Child Mental Health and Head of Department of Medical Social Sciences, Faculty of Public Health, Health Care and Sports.

Her experience and publications are in the field of child mental health: early childhood development, mental health promotion, play in children with disabilities and child abuse and neglect-prevention and interventions.

She is a member of International Society for Early intervention, International Society for Prevention of Child abuse and Neglect, International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions, Bulgarian Union of Scientists (member of Ethical Committee). She was involved in various research and educational projects as a scientific coordinator for Bulgaria and expert in EU funded projects (FP6, FP7, DAPHNE, COST, Structural Funds ). She has more than 70 publications in national and international journals.

Vaska Stancheva-Popkostadinova is Management Committee member of Bulgaria in the COST Action TD1309 “LUDI – Play for Children with Disabilities” (2014-2018), and Leader of the Working Group 1 “Children’s play in relation to the types of disabilities”.


Professor Serenella Besio

Serenella Besio is Full Professor of Special education and currently Head of the Department of Social and Human Sciences at the University of Valle d’Aosta (Italy).

Her prevailing research interests concern: play for children with disabilities; the use of educational and assistive technologies for persons (in particular children) with disabilities; cultures and representations of disability in the media and the arts.

She has a multifaceted professional experience, combining the work as a rehabilitation professional (first speech therapist, then consultant psychologist in the field of Assistive Technologies as a support to learning) and her research activities (often within European projects) as well as her publications have accompanied these various interests. She is Chair of the COST Action “LUDI – Play for Children with Disabilities” (2014-2018), including 32 European countries and more than 100 members.

Guest Editors: Professor Serenella Besio and Associate Professor Vaska Stancheva-Popkostadinova

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 15th December 2016

Notification of invitation to submit a full paper (30 th December 2016)

Submission of full Papers: 31 st January 2017. All papers (which will be double blind peer reviewed) must follow the academic requirements/style sheet attached to this call for papers.

Notification of acceptance of papers/requests for amendments: Week commencing 1st March 2017

Final Amendments: (1st edition): 5 th April 2017

Publication:  Spring 2017

Summary: The play of children with disabilities is an area recently brought to the forefront of the scientific research and continuously developing, also thanks to the work of the COST

Action on this theme entitled LUDI (

Play is in fact recognized as the most important engine for the development of all children, but in some cases it might result difficult to be exploited by children with disabilities. This is mainly due to the fact that the environment is generally not prepared to face their needs and their particular ways of functioning, thus disadvantaging and restricting their opportunities to grow and to take part to their peers’ life at large.

Greater awareness must arise among the professionals of the involved fields, to ensure that play, a right of all children according to the United Nations, can be assured also to children with disabilities.

Educators, professionals of rehabilitation, medicine and psychology should put more and specialized attention to these aspects, should become more competent in supporting the creation of effective and playful ludic relationships, both in families and in the other life environments of the child. New educational and psychological instruments to assess and implement ludic activities should be developed. Studies in the related fields should increase.

Market available toys should become more accessible, while the development of new tools and technologies to support children’s play should be designed within the usability and accessibility frameworks.

Play for children with disabilities is patently located at a crossroad of different research and practice fields: psychology, pedagogy, health and rehabilitation sciences, juridical and social sciences, assistive technologies, robotics, design and other ones.

As a consequence, the papers to be published in this Special Issue can come from any discipline related to the theme of children with disabilities and play, including the technological ones.

We welcome abstracts concerning settings, tools and methodologies associated to the play of children with different types of disabilities from educational researches, clinical initiatives, social and juridical studies, know-how of resources centres and users’ associations. We are also interested in abstracts addressed to usability and accessibility of toys and technologies for play.

Key words: play, right to play, theories of play, play for the sake of play, children with disabilities, social inclusion, toys, robots, computer games, assessment, methodologies

In the first instance please send abstracts (and/or any specific enquiries) by email (clearly marked in the subject line as “Submission for the Special Edition of Today’s Children and Tomorrow’s Parents”) to: s.besio@univda@it and

Instructions for Authors

Short description of the journal

TCTP is a unique Romanian journal focusing on children’s well being, child  abuse and neglect prevention, children’s  rights.  Since 2010, TCTP has been listed on the EBSCO database as well as on the Index Copernicus, the Norwegian Social Science Data and ERIH (no.30-31).

The journal invites students, professionals, academics and researchers to contribute via their papers to a better understanding of the policies and approaches for improving quality of life of children,  prevention of child abuse and neglect, children’s  rights.  Young researchers are invited to participate by submitting papers focusing on their professional interests.

The journal is issued in English and currently uses the following address:

TCTP comes out three times a year, with each issue concentrating on a specific theme within the general framework of child abuse and neglect prevention. Interested colleagues are invited to visit our “archives” in order to see which topics have been discussed in the journal.

Types of  contributions:

Journal articles are: reports of empirical studies, literature reviews, theoretical articles, methodological articles, or case studies. They are primary or original publications.

The paper should conform the APA (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association) standards[1].

The title should summarize the main idea of the manuscript simply and, if possible, with style.

The manuscript includes the name of the author/s and the institutional affiliation of the author/s.

Each manuscript should provide a legible abstract of 100 to 280 words. The abstract is a brief, comprehensive summary of the contents of the article.

Keywords with the 5-10 most frequent used concepts will follow the abstract.

Furthermore the paper should include an Introduction with presentation of problem, description of relevant scholarship, statement of the hypotheses and correspondence to research design.  The method section will provide information regarding the participants (subjects) characteristics, sampling procedure, sample’s characteristics and research design. The results will provide the statistic data analysis for empirical papers. The discussion section will follow and debate on the significance of the findings and correlation with others in the literature and will state the limits of research. The acknowledgments will be mentioned before the references section.  References: Style and formatting of bibliographic citations in the text and the reference section must adhere to the guidelines of APA (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association). The Journal uses an alphabetical style rather than a numeric style both in the text and bibliography. No abbreviations of journal titles or use of et al. is permitted in the bibliography.

Tables/Figures: Cite each table/figure clearly in text. Tables should be arranged one to a page with a self – contained title that is understandable without reference to the text. Figures should be computer generated, one per page, with legends below. Tables and figures should be submitted as separate files named Tables of Figures.

Citations in text:

Citations in text must match reference citations exactly. Groups of citations with the text must be in alphabetical order within the group.

List all authors the first time a work is cited unless there are seven or more authors. In bibliography use …… after the sixth author’s name and the last author’s name  to indicate the remaining authors of the article. In text list the first author, et al., year (Jones et al., 2009) for first and subsequent citations.

For citations with three or more authors, list all authors the first time the work is cited, then author et al. for citations thereafter. When two authors list both and do so every time reference are cited. If two or more citations with the same authors for the same year, list as many authors as needed to differentiate citations followed by et al.

If two or more citations with exactly the same authors in exactly the same order for exactly the same year, use 2009a, 2009b etc. to clearly link text citations to correct reference citation.

If reference is within parentheses, use ampersand. If not within parentheses, use “and”.

Citations in the references:

The use of et al. is not permitted in the reference section under any circumstances. Abbreviations of journal titles is not permitted. Please write out completely. Citations should be in correct alphabetical order. Watch punctuation closely, particularly in strings of authors (and initials), and in journal volumes, issues, and page numbers.

General reference form for periodicals:

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, xx, pp—pp. doi:xx.xxxxxxxxxx

Examples of citations in Reference section:

Journal article with DOI:

Herbst-Damm, K. L., & Kuhk, J. A. (2005). Volunteer support marital status, and the survival times of terminally ill patients. Health Psychology, 24, 225-229, doi:10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.255

Journal article with DOl, more than seven authors:

Gilbert, D. G., Mcclernon, J. F., Rabinovich, N. F., Sugai, C., Plath, L. C., Asgaard, G.,…….. Botros, N. (2004). Effects of quitting smoking on EEG activation and attention last for more than 31 days and are more severe with stress, dependence, DRD2 Al allele, and depressive traits. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 6, 249—267. doi:l0.1080/l 462220041 0001 676305

Journal article without DOI (when DOI is not available):

Sillick, T. J., & Schutte, N. S. (2006). Emotional intelligence and self-esteem mediate between perceived early parental love and adult happiness. E-Journal of Applied Psychology, 2(2), 38—48. Retrieved from http://ojs.lib.swin,eduau /index. php/ejap

Light, M. A., & Light, I. H. (2008). The geographic expansion of Mexican immigration in the United States and its implications for local law enforcement. Law Enforcement Executive Forum Journal, 8(1), 73—82.

Journal article with DOI, advance online publication

Von Ledebur, S. C. (2007). Optimizing knowledge transfer by new employees in companies. Knowledge Management Research & Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1 057/palgrave.kmrp.85001 41

Newspaper article

Schwartz, J. (1993, September 30). Obesity affects economic, social status. The Washington Post, pp. Al, A4.

Online newspaper article

Brody, J. F. (2007, December 11). Mental reserves keep brain agile. The New York times. Retrieved from V

Authored books:

Sroufe, L. A., Egeland, B., Carlsson, E A. & Collins, W. A. (2005). The Development of the Person. The Minnesota Study of Risk and Adaption from Birth to Adulthood. New York: The Guilford Press.

Electronic version of print book:

Shotton, M. A. (1989). Computer addiction?A study of computer dependency [DX Reader version]. Retrieved from /html/index.asp

Schiraldi, G. R. (2001). The post-traumatic stress disorder sourcebook: A guide to healing, recovery, and growth [Adobe Digital Editions version]. doi:10 .1036/0071393722

Edited books:

George, C. & Solomon, J. (2008). Attachment and caregiving behavioral system. In J. Cassidy & P.R. Shaver (Eds.), Handbook of attachment: Theory, research, and clinical applications. Second edition. New York: Guilford Press.

Chapters in books:

Cicchetti, D. & Valentino; K. (2006). An Ecological-Transactional Perspective on Child Maltreatment: Failure of the Average Expectable Environment and Its Influence on Child development. In I D. Cicchetti & D.,J. Cohen (Eds.). Developmental Psychopathology. Volume 3: Risk, Disorder and Adaptation. Second Edition (pp….). New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

On-line citations:

Ascione, F. R. (2001). Animal abuse and youth violence. Juvenile Justice Bulletin. Washington, DC; Department of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Retrieved September 26, 2003 from

Presentations at conferences:

Lundén, K. (2007, Setember). To identify children at risk for maltreatment. Paper presented at the Second International Forum on Psychological safety, Resilience and Trauma. Conference organized by West University in Timisoara, September 2007, Timisoara, Romania.

For any situation which differs from above, please refer to:

VandenBos, G.R. (ed.) (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Sixth Edition. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

[1] the information and examples here are based on APA, 2010

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