With an emphasis on the benefits of inclusion and social immersion, parents and educators of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are seeking effective ways for their children to continue skill acquisition and enhancement, while also exposing their children to typically developing peers.
For most children, play is a naturally occurring phenomena that promotes engagement, independent performance, and social inclusion. For children with ASD, absent or restricted play skills prevent opportunities for learning and successful participation in inclusive classrooms. Building strong play repertoires in preschool children with ASD provides the foundation for successful social interaction and independent performance.
Play Pics is an evidence based tool to teach children with ASD specific play skills to further develop into a varied and expanded repertoire for interacting with neurotypical peers. Combining visuals with direct play instruction in the natural environment increases the likelihood the skills will maintain and generalize.
•Directly teaches isolated play tasks that can be chained together into sequential thematic play
•Creates structure in an unstructured activity through the use of captivating photos
•Provides a format for modeling language and introducing new vocabulary to the child
•Teaches self-monitoring to help the child connect her language to actions
•Encourages recall of play skills
•Promotes initiation and choice-making of varied play actions