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Source: Bright Tots
Teaching children with autism play is important.
• Play is a child’s “work”. It’s what they do in order to learn about their world.
• Play allows a child with autism to learn and practice new skills in all areas.
• Play provides a vehicle to interact with people and objects in their environment.
• Play promotes independence during “down time”.
• Play builds confidence and competency.
• For a child with autism learning how to play appropriately with toys can replace non-functional play.
• Most important, IT’S FUN!!!
When teaching a child with autism remember play differs for them.
Children without a developmental disorder:
• Internally Reinforcing
Children with a developmental disorder:
• Can be Non-Functional
• Limited interests
Teaching toys for children with autism
• Pick out toys that are related to the child’s INTERESTS.
• If your child engages in “non functional behavior” choose toys that provide the same sensory input but in a more
• Choose toys that correspond to your child’s developmental level.
Autism Teaching Tips:
• Don’t be afraid to “change the rules” or use only some of the pieces to simplify the play in the beginning.
• Remember to teach “one step at a time”. Small steps will lead to BIG gains!
• Program for success! Provide “prompts” as needed in order to ensure that your child continues to be successful and
• Structure play time in “small time frames” frequently throughout the day.
• Know when to end a play session!