Play and Imagination in Children with Autism / Edition 1

Play and Imagination in Children with Autism / Edition 1

by Pamela J. Wolfberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 080773814X

ISBN-13: 9780807738146

Pub. Date: 03/28/1999

Publisher: Teachers College Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807738146
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Series:
Special Education Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
193
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Overview 1

Problems Children with Autism Experience in Play 2

Play's Purpose and Place in Childhood 3

Capacities for Symbolic and Social Play 4

Creating the Integrated Play Groups Model 5

Research on Integrated Play Groups 7

Ethnographic Case Portraits 9

Summary 11

Part I Perspectives on Autism and Play

2 The Nature of Autism 15

Pioneers in the Discovery of Autism 15

Psychogenic Versus Biogenic Theories 17

Incidence and Diagnosis 18

Characteristics 19

Summary 25

3 The Nature of Play 27

Play as a Universal Phenomenon 27

Characteristics of Play 28

Influential Theories of Play 30

Play's Significance in Childhood 33

Summary 36

4 Play in Childhood Development 38

Play's Natural Course in Childhood 38

Play Variations in Children with Autism 44

Summary 49

5 Play in Practice 51

Play Interventions 51

The Integrated Play Groups Model 56

Summary 61

Part II Passage to Play Culture: Ethnographic Case Portraits

6 Uncharted Territory 65

Alone in the Company of Children 66

Creating Order Through Rituals 70

Imitating Sounds and Signs 72

Interpretive Summary 73

7 Beginning to Explore 75

Noticing Other Children 76

Ritualizing Familiar Routines 80

Discovering Meaning in Words and Pictures 83

Interpretive Summary 92

8 Entering Play 95

Subtle Attempts to Participate 96

Gravitating to Rules and Rituals 102

Promise of Brief Encounters 106

Interpretive Summary 110

9 Guided Participation 111

Teresa's Experience 113

Freddy's Experience 117

Jared's Experience 120

Interpretive Summary 124

10 Embracing Play 126

Acceptance and Membership 126

Budding Flowers of Pretend131

Conveying Meaning in Words and Pictures 137

Interpretive Summary 146

11 An Unending Journey 148

Friendships and Fitting In 148

Fantasy, Games, and Other Amusements 151

Creative and Conventional Expressions 154

Interpretive Summary 159

12 Conclusion: Implications for Theory and Practice 161

Social Construction of Imagination 164

Other Possible Influences 168

New and Future Directions 173

References 177

Index 193

About the Author 202

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