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ERIC Number: EJ751625
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0265-6590
I Would Like to Play but I Don't Know How: A Case Study of Pretend Play in Autism
Hess, Lucille
Child Language Teaching and Therapy, v22 n1 p97-116 2006
Children with autism have poor pretend play abilities, which greatly affects their social skill development. This intervention technique, using an adult partner, describes how a guided story and role-play format enhanced abilities of pretence and the understanding of social roles in a ten-year-old, verbal boy with autism. By having an everyday event story read and discussed, retelling the story and then acting out the event, the child used repetition of story routines and expected social exchanges to augment his pretend play. Growth in play behaviour was noted in the reduction of non-role-play utterances, increases in appropriate use of and response to questions, use of spontaneous, appropriate social exchanges and increases in the use of pretence. Using familiar play situations with adult guidance may be one way to provide scaffolding for verbal children with autism to learn roles for play and to practise social skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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