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Promoting Play Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • The Spiral Foundation 74 Bridge Street Newton, MA, 02458 United States (map)

Originally presented as a webinar by Sarah Friel, MA, CCC-SLP, this lecture has been adapted by Adan Cooney and Emily Lesher for parents and nonprofessionals. In this lecture participants will learn typical developmental patterns of play and types of playful interactions. Participants will also gain an understanding of factors that influence children with ASD engaging in play, including: sensory preferences, learning styles, type and level of child's communication ability, adult's interaction style, and the structure of the physical environment. This is a live presentation and will not be recorded, streamed, or otherwise available online.

 Learning Objectives
By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Identify major stages of play development in typically developing children and children with ASD.
  2. Recognize factors that influence children with ASD engaging in interactive play.
  3. Implement appropriate strategies to engage children with ASD in play.