Play Initiatives: ASD Focus. Megan Allen Heather Lodge Stacey Pipe Zoe Plowman Anne Sheret. What is Play ? Why is it important?. To promote social interaction. A tool for learning. Its fun! Enhances cognitive development. Enhances language development.
To promote social interaction.
A tool for learning.
Enhances cognitive development.
Enhances language development.
Making meaningful links between play and real life contexts.
Promotes problem solving skills.
Social interaction – unwillingness to allow others to share experience. Lack of understanding of thoughts, feelings and intentions. Facial expressions.
Imagination – difficulty in understanding imaginary situations. Often leading to repetitive, obsessive actions that mean something only to the child.
Moor, J. (2002) Playing, Laughing and Learning with Children on the Autistic Spectrum, London: Jessica Kingsley.Why is play difficult for children with ASD?
Identiplay is a structured intervention that aims to teach children with autism to play. It includes:
Children can learn ‘play acts’ if prompted, however it could be questioned whether this leads to spontaneous play.
Identiplay aims to teach children play skills and transfer them into real life play situations e.g. playdough.
You will need:
* children with autism spent more time playing appropriately with tabletop toys.
* children learnt and used all or some of the taught identiplay sequences.
* There was an increase in social interaction.