Play “Play is a diverse and complex behaviour that is viewed as central to the normal development of children” (Jordan and Libby, 1997 Scottish Autism, Hilton House, Alloa Business Park, Whins Road, Alloa, FK10 3SA Registered in Scotland No. 81123 Scottish charity No. SC 009068
Play Think back to when you played as a child………. Who was there? What were you doing?
Development and Play Play and social development go hand in hand Play underpins interaction Instinctive / imitative interaction - complex fantasy play Sense of self develops Learn co-operation, empathy and respect of others
Play Developmental Stages Sensori-motor Goal Directed Simple Pretend Imaginative
Play Assessment Why? Baseline existing skills /autism Emerging skills Where to start Intervention targets Show progress/
Support Strategies Play Interventions to include ; Structure Play Stages Autism Profile Individual supports
Play Remember : “Play is a life long learning process critical to the development of social competence” (White, 2003)