How Do You Teach A Child With Autism To Play?

How Do You Teach A Child With Autism To Play?

carlal-logoHow Do You Teach A Child With Autism To Play?

Hey there!  It’s summertime and our kids are out of school!  Now what?  You have more free time with your child and you want to make it count, right?

We all want to get down on the floor and play with our kids, but it’s frustrating when they don’t know how!  So here’s my question, does your child prefer to dump, throw, line up or just ignore toys rather than play with toys appropriately?

It’s because they don’t know how to play and that’s where you come in!  Your child needs what the people from TEACCH call a “work system”.

What is a work system?  It’s an evidence-based practice recognized by the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders and it is a procedure that VISUALLY answers four questions:

!.  What work do I have to do?

2.  How much work do I have to do?

3.  How do I know when I’m done?

4.  What comes next?

 Take a look at the video and see some examples of what a work system looks like when you are teaching your child to play!

Your child wants to know what you expect and they want to know how long an activity will last.  Your little guy or little lady will also be more willing to comply if they know what will happen when this activity is over.  A work system takes care of all that.

Try applying this to several of the toys or play activities you would like to do with your child.  The more you practice playing, the more comfortable your child will be with playing and the more likely your child will learn to play appropriately with toys and activities presented at home, at school, and in social situations with other children.

 This is just one way to teach children to play, but it’s effective and you get results!

Please leave a comment below and let me know how this worked with your child!

 Let the summertime fun begin!

 Carla

3 comments on “How Do You Teach A Child With Autism To Play?

  1. Pingback: Two Simple Visual Strategies You’ll Use All The Time | Spirit of Autism | Autism Safety Training

  2. These tips are also beneficial for teaching social and pretend play. Pair social and pretend play with fun things! Model these behaviors and be sure to reinforce with established fun activities when the child emits any of these appropriate skills. Siblings can be an essential part of the modeling process and can help deliver reinforcing items and activities as well.

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