Kids with Autism Favor Movement over Pretend Play, Study Finds
[Source: Special Ed Post]
Children in the study were most drawn to activities or exhibits that included movement, while their least favorite activities were pretend play or arts and crafts.
by Amy Norton –
When free to choose, kids with autism pick games that engage their senses and avoid games that ask them to pretend, a new study finds.
Experts said the results are not surprising. It’s known, for instance, that when children do not show an interest in pretend play, such as “feeding” a doll, by about age 2, that is a potential sign of an autism spectrum disorder.
What is unique about the new study is that it went out into the real world, said lead researcher Kathy Ralabate Doody, an assistant professor of exceptional education at the State University of New York, Buffalo State.
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