Background to my interest in teaching children with autism

Teaching Children with Autism: More on Play Skills

In a recent listserv posting, someone asked about how to teach play skills to a three year old.  I suggested that they start by getting a copy of Richard Solomon’s DVD, The P.L.A.Y. Project Workshop Level 1: Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters; but I also included a list of play skills references from my ABA Primer:

A Few Playskills References

“Giggle Time,” and “Playing, Laughing and Learning with Children on the Autism Spectrum” and Floortime are all good resources for teaching a beginning learner how to begin to relate socially; and it looks to me as if “Playing, Laughing and Learning…” is a bit of a cross between Floortime and a more formal ABA kind of teaching, so it ought to be a good resource.  “More Than Words” and “The Autistic Spectrum Parents’ Daily Helper” are good next-step resources in parent-and-child-with-autism interaction.  “Teaching Playskills to Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder” by Melinda Smith has lots of good suggestions for teaching playskills.  “Games Babies Play” by Vicki Lansky has lots of good ideas for beginning learners.  Several of the books listed in the next few pages (See A Few Other Books and Resources That You May Want to Examine) also contain a myriad of suggestions for games and activities of potential interest to children, and you can also find a ton of ideas at:

  http://www.melindasmith.home.mindspring.com  

Finally, for a set of notes regarding one family’s experience in teaching playskills, you might have a look at: http://www.members.tripod.com/~RSaffran/play.html

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