Play Part I (by Julie Lorenzen): What play means to parents of typically developing children
Participating and engaging with other children
Laughing, talking, singing
Alternating between players for turn taking
Play Part II (by Julie Lorenzen): What play means to parents of a child with autism
Patiently encouraging child to engage in play
Learning new ways to introduce playful endeavors to child
Alternating activities to avoid too much ritualization
Yearning for improvement in this area, especially when child is young.
Author's Note: I have one more post planned for this series, Play and Children with ASD. The post will be about the stages of development in terms of play.