Interactive Play for Children with Autism

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Routledge, Sep 10, 2012 - Education - 240 pages
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This is a comprehensive guide to establishing shared play experiences that assist in the development of communication, social understanding and cognition.

Easily accessible, and packed full of practical resources, the book defines the importance of play both developmentally and psychologically as having a major influence on the enrichment of meaningful interactions and children’s learning.

Diana Seach expertly discusses how play enables children with Autism to:

  • represent their knowledge of the world and their relationships with others
  • spontaneously explore ways of thinking about themselves and the objects they encounter
  • develop communication and companionship
  • discover motivating ways to learn
  • extend their imagination and creative potential.

Those who live and work with children who have Autism and Asperger Syndrome will find Interactive Play for Children with Autism an invaluable tool when implementing strategies to develop interactive play in educational establishments, care settings and the family home.

 

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Contents

Chatper 1 Valuing play
1
Chatper 2 A model of interactive play
24
Chatper 3 Establishing connection
50
Chatper 4 Enabling communication
75
Chatper 5 Creating meaning
99
Chatper 6 Developing imagination
121
Chatper 7 The smile programme for families
146
Chatper 8 Interactive play in schools
170
Bibliography
193
Index
211
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About the author (2012)

Diana Seach is an educational and family consultant in Interactive Play and a Senior Lecturer in Early Years and Special Educational Needs at the University of Chichester, England.

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