ERIC Number: EJ819607
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
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The P.L.A.Y. Project: A Revolutionary Treatment Approach for Children with Autism
Pullen, Lara C.
Exceptional Parent, v38 n10 p42-43 Oct 2008
Many children who have autism want life to be predictable. In an effort to maintain order in their world, they may reject their parents' attempts to interact and bond. This rejection can be heartbreaking for parents. Repeated rejections can also make it intimidating for parents to continue to reach out to their child since their child constantly fails to meet their expectations. According to the philosophy of play-based therapy, parents must give up any ideas that they might have about what they would like to accomplish with their child. They must accept the child for exactly who he or she is. That acceptance will paradoxically allow the parent to help the child develop. The child's sense of self will grow as the child watches the parents follow the lead he or she has set thereby validating the child's actions. The playtime empowers and allows the child to recognize his or her own ideas. Those ideas then become the driving force for the child's development. In this article, the author talks about the P.L.A.Y. (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters) project, a child-centered, play-based autism therapy that teaches parents how to connect to their child and thereby facilitate their child's development.
Descriptors: Play, Autism, Therapy, Parents, Child Development, Children, Academic Achievement, Intelligence Quotient, Parent Child Relationship
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