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Plan for People Play
Booklet 1 in the Make Play R.O.C.K.™ Booklet Series
Plan for People Play is the first booklet in the Make Play R.O.C.K. Booklet Series, designed to help parents make the most of play to build their child’s social interaction skills.
Why Is Play Important?
Children learn a variety of skills during their play experiences. In fact, everything that your child needs to learn – vocabulary, language skills, social skills and even how to solve problems – can be learned through play.
But children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or social communication difficulties often have a challenging time learning to play, which means they might miss out on important learning opportunities.
How Plan for People Play Helps
Plan for People Play helps you create enjoyable play situations that encourage your child to participate so that he can have the best possible opportunities to both have fun and build important social communication and interaction skills.
This booklet centers around “people games” – games that focus on interaction instead of on toys. Examples of popular people games include Hide-and-Seek, Row, Row, Row Your Boat and Tag.
People games are particularly helpful for children with social communication difficulties because they provide many opportunities to build some of the key interaction skills that these children often find difficult. These skills include:
- Connecting with others for social purposes
- Paying attention to others
- Copying what others do
- Taking a turn in an interaction
- Waiting for others to take a turn
- Using sounds, actions and words as part of the game
Based on current research on what helps children with ASD learn best, Plan for People Play gives you practical, easy-to-use strategies for:
- Choosing the most appropriate people games for your child based on his sensory preferences.
- Identifying the next skill your child can learn in a people game.
- Using specific interaction strategies during people games to help your child develop more advanced social interaction skills.
In Plan for People Play, you’ll find:
- Examples of over two dozen people games with guidance on how to play them
- Concrete examples and illustrations of parents using Plan for People Play strategies with their child
- “Game Plan” templates to help you plan your next people game and how you’ll help your child learn new skills
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