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Autism and Play

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Many children on the autistic spectrum seem to be at a very early developmental stage in their play, which tends to be less spontaneous, exploratory and varied than that of other children. This handbook describes different play sequences which encourage the integration of social, emotional and cognitive development in autistic children. The easy-to-follow play strategies focus on the four key skills visualizing, imitation, mirroring and turn-taking. The book is illustrated throughout with photographs, and includes a questionnaire for observing and accessing play interventions. The authors combine an accessible developmental approach with practical tried-and-tested play strategies. The work is designed to enable parents to nurture their child's social and cognitive development, and should inform the practice of professionals working in close contact with children on the autistic spectrum.
Part 1: how do we understand autism?; autism and early development; problem areas - social interaction, communication and dialogue, mental imaging and imaginative ability; the nature and foundations of play. Part 2: preparation of a play sequence; examples of play sequences. Appendices: questionnaire for observation of play; aspects of development.
This book is particularly valuable and special in that the authors provide professionals and parents with specific and precise ideas for the planning of play activities - ideas that can be applied directly. In addition, the excellent photographs supplement the educational strategies. The interesting point in this respect is that the authors describe how even very low-functioning children with autism can also benefit from play activities. This book is essential reading and a valuable source of inspiration for professionals and parents who are looking for creative and good ideas for play activities for children with autism.
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