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Teaching Play to Children with Autism

Teaching Play to Children with Autism
Practical Interventions using Identiplay

Second Edition


May 2012 | 136 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The Identiplay intervention helps children on the autistic spectrum, and those with specific communication disorders, learn to play. Through the use of play scripts the approach promotes the development of social skills, understanding, imagination and exploration. By learning these skills the young person can enjoy reciprocal play with an adult or peer. Supported by case studies the theory behind the approach is fully outlined and scripts are provided for instant use in a number of settings.

The new edition of this popular book includes:

- More on developing your own scripts

- How to assess the child's current play skills

- The adult's role in play

- The use of visual/verbal support

- New case studies

- New scripts

- Advice on taking learning outdoors

- Links to resources and useful websites

A supporting CD ROM contains video clips of the intervention in practice, printable scripts and a PowerPoint presentation to facilitate professional training making this a vital resource for anyone working with young children on the autistic spectrum or with communication difficulties.

What Is in the Pack and How to Use it
Theory and Practice
Case Studies and Commentary on Video Clips
Kits and Scripts
Identiplay beyond the Tabletop
Using Identiplay with Other Resources
Training Materials and Additional Teaching Supports

'In this new edition Phillips and Beavan increase the scope of identiplay by taking it to new learning environments and including methods of assessment and effective partnership working. This is an invaluable text for all those who wish to make a difference for children on the autistic spectrum'
- Elizabeth Smith, Assistant Manager, Hillingdon Behaviour Support Team

'There is appropriate use of diagrams and photographs throughout, which, together with the easy-to-read-layout and text, make the resource interesting and accessible ...All those working with children with autism would find this a useful resource and it could be equally valuable for parents'
-Elizabeth Smith, Special Children

'This book is about the Identiplay intervention...through the use of play scripts, the approach encourages social skills, understanding, imagination and exploration'
-Autism Eye

'This is a useful and practical resource which is based on the authors' experience as an educational psychologist and a retired headteacher'

The book is easy to read, well laid out and has a wealth of resources such as a list of useful websites and a CD rom containing video clips of the intervention in practise, printable scripts and annotated powerpoint slides to facilitate professional training.

Siobhan Smillie
Dyslexia Action

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