Teaching Playskills to Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder: A Practical Guide
Throughout two years of intensive Applied Behavior Analysis with her son, Dr. Smith recognized the critical need to consistently incorporate playskills into his program. Teaching Playskills to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder is the culmination of her years of research and personal experience. This comprehensive manual encompasses the many aspects of play and how they can be incorporated into the lives of children with developmental delays. Written accessibly and intimately, Dr. Smith gives both parents and professionals a concrete look into the dynamic world of play and how it affects and applies to our exceptional children. The guide begins by defining play and delineating methods of developing and teaching playskills. It addresses everything from basic building toys to games and music, to sensory play as well as imaginative play. The final chapters deal with the important yet challenging aspects of peer interactions and the dynamics of playgroups for preschool and school-aged children. Each play skill is accompanied by examples of readily available toys, songs and objects that can aid in the teaching process. The progression of playskills is a key element in development. In fostering and encouraging our exceptional children to learn how to play, we are assisting them in their progression toward the mainstream. Teaching Playskills is an invaluable manual for families that are participating in their childrens home or center-based intervention programs and need guidance on how to incorporate age-appropriate playskills into daily living.
Soft Cover, 174 pages, by Melinda Smith, MD