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This now classic text remains a cornerstone of continued efforts to develop inclusive peer play programs for children on the autism spectrum. This second edition has been thoroughly revised to reflect the significant new developments that have transpired in the field of autism. Notable additions to the text include an updated description of the Integrated Play Groups (IPG) model and related research; an examination of the nature of autism and play from past to present, with major updates on incidence, diagnosis, and characteristics; and a comprehensive review of play interventions.
Presenting ethnographic case portraits of three children with autism over a 10-year period (from age 5 to age 16), Play and Imagination in Children with Autism:
Traces the development of the children as they overcome obstacles to enter into the "play culture" of their peers.
Focuses on 2 critical years during which the children participated in a peer play intervention.
Documents the emergence of remarkable transformations in the children's social relations with peers and symbolic activity.
Includes vignettes, dialogue, and samples of writing and drawing that bring the children's stories to life.
Lays out implications for new directions in research and practice.
|Pt. I||Perspectives on Autism and Play|
|2||The Nature of Autism||13|
|3||The Nature of Play||23|
|4||Play in Childhood Development||33|
|5||Play in Practice||44|
|Pt. II||Passage to Play Culture: Ethnographic Case Portraits|
|7||Beginning to Explore||64|
|11||An Unending Journey||136|
|12||Conclusion: Implications for Theory and Practice||148|
|App: Research Methods||163|
|About the Author||193|