Monday, March 9, 2009

Part I: Develomental Stages of (toy) Play

This post concludes my series on Play and the Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Today, I'm featuring two book excerpts taken from Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Step-by-Step Guide for Educators by Roger Pierangelo and George Giuliani. This is the second of the two excerpts.
Stages: Play Skills with Toys
  1. "No interaction: the child shows no interest in touching or holding toys.

  2. Manipulative: explorative play: the child holds and gazes at toys; mouths, waves, shakes, or bangs toys; stacks blocks or bangs them together; lines up objects.

  3. Functional play: The child puts teacup to mouth, puts brush to hair, connects train sections and pushes train, arranges pieces of furniture in dollhouse, constructs a building with blocks.

  4. Symbolic/pretend play: the child pretends to do something or to be someone else with an intent that is representational, including role-playing (e.g., child makes hand move to mouth, signifying drinking from teacup; makes a puppet talk; uses a toy person or doll to represent self; uses block as a car accompanied by engine sounds."

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