ERIC Number: ED246616
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Playing with Autistic Children.
Casner, Mary W.; Marks, Susan F.
The paper looks at the development of a play group for autistic children with descriptions of the autistic population, the daily program, the program's philosophy, the play group model, and actual lessons. Children, who ranged in age from 5 to 9 years, often chose activities which were self-stimulating and/or repetitive. The daily program included daily motor, lunch, and recess periods to offer a chance to mainstream the children into a group of multiply handicapped students; academics; and therapy and speech/language services on an individual or small group basis. The play group was designed to facilitate any positive social interactions, either verbal or nonverbal. Play-group design allowed the clinician to structure activities to accommodate the child's level of functioning. Toys were selected for a play group lesson with consideration of four features--realism, structure, responsiveness, and functional complexity. (A sample lesson plan for three therapy sessions is offered). At the end of the program year, children were demonstrating many modeled interactions not seen in the early stages of the play group. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (62nd, Washington, DC, April 23-27, 1984).