Pediatric Tx Corner: How to Facilitate Play Skills in Children with Autism
[Source: Your Therapy Source]
Playtime helps all children develop communication, social, cognitive, and motor skills. For children with autism, difficulties with language, social skills, and motor skills may be present. In addition, pretend play skills can be delayed. Parents, teachers, and therapists need to learn how to facilitate play skills in children with autism. Peer-mediated intervention can be used to promote child engagement and learning.
Play Skill Development During Typical Development
Children move along a continuum to develop play skills. Infancy begins with sensorimotor exploration play. Around 9-12 months, children begin to learn the functional use of objects in her or his environment. At 12 months functional pretend play emerges. From 12-24 months, pretend play becomes more complex play schemes. Around 24 months, children have a range of functional play acts, use object substitution, and play acts can be directed toward others. Narrative based play emerges around 30 to 42 months with children relying less on the use of props and more on the use of language to narrate play, taking on varying play roles, and integrating several play schemes into one play episode with many characters and participants.
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