Why is play important?Play is a child’s “work”. It’s what they do in order to learn about their world.
Play allows a child to learn and practice new skills in all areas.
Play provides a vehicle to interact with people and objects in their environment.
Play promotes independence during “down time”.
Play builds confidence and competency.
Learning how to play appropriately with toys can replace non-functional play.
Most important, IT’S FUN!!!
How does play differ for a child with a developmental disorder?
Children without a developmental disorderVoluntarySpontaneous
CreativeChildren with a developmental disorderRitualisticCan be Non-FunctionalRepetitiveLimited interestsRigidSelecting Toys?
Pick out toys that are related to your children's INTERESTS.If your child engages in "non functional behavior" choose toys thatprovide the same sensory input but in a more appropriate way.Choose toys that correspond to your child's developmental level.
Teaching Tips*Don't be afraid to "change the rules" or use only some of the piecesto simplify the play in the beginning.*Remember to teach "one step at a time." Small steps will lead toBIG gains.*Program for success! Provide "prompts" as needed in order to ensurethat your child continues to be successful and motivated.*Structure play time in "small time frames" frequentlythroughout the day.
*Know when to end a play session!