‘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.’
- from the Preface by Dr. Demetrious Haracopos, Director: The Danish Information and Training Center for Autism
Many children on the autistic spectrum seem to be at a very early developmental stage in their play, which tends to be less spontanaeous, exploratory and varied than that of other children. This accessible 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 of visualising, imitation, mirroring and turn-taking.
The book is illustrated throughout with photographs, and includes a questionnaire for observing and assessing play interventions as an appendix. The authors combine an accessible developmental approach with practical tried-and-tested play strategies. Autism and Play will enable parents to nurture their children’s social and cognitive development, and will inform the practice of professionals working in close contact with children on the autistic spectrum.