Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

2302 WordsApr 5, 201610 Pages
Play is one of the most crucial ideas in the development of all children. Children play for many reasons including learning, exercise, stimulation, and for pure entertainment. They are learning and exploring the world around them by testing out ideas and just having fun playing with simple objects. However, like language, play is a skill that develops in stages. As a child gradually learns to understand the world around him or her, they begin to play and learn by engaging in exploratory and manipulative play. This is no different for children with Autism except the Autism Spectrum Disorder can impact on how play develops. Play is important for not only developing and advancing their thinking, comprehension and language skills, but also the emotional and creative skill development of children with autism. The stage of symbolic and imaginative play is the one that is often considered to be the most difficult for children with autism because too many presume they are unable to play and pretend. However, this stage is not just about role playing, it is also about learning to substitute one object for another or coming up with a new function for an object. The goal for helping children with autism should be to not necessarily change the things they play with or to teach them to play in the same way that their peers do, but instead to help them use the way they play and the things they find engaging to progress through the developmental stages to develop other more
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