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ERIC Number: EJ1152641
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0271-8294
Embracing the Potential of Play for Children on the Autism Spectrum: Facilitating the Earliest Stages of Developmental Integration
Gerber, Sima
Topics in Language Disorders, v37 n3 p229-240 Jul-Sep 2017
In this article, the breadth and depth of play as an integrating process for children with developmental challenges are explored. The fact that play is a source of developmental growth suggests that its role in intervention with children with language and communication disorders cannot be overstated. Several contemporary play-based intervention programs for children with autism spectrum disorders are briefly reviewed. Models of child development that emphasize developmental integration are discussed. Clinical vignettes, dilemmas, and scenarios illustrate how language interventions can be designed to address engagement and meaning, the foundations of language development. Finally, the role of the adult or the attuned play partner is considered relative to current thinking about the caregiver-child relationship.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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