Playing, Laughing and Learning with Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Practical Resource of Play Ideas for Parents and Carers / Edition 2

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Overview

Parents of young children newly diagnosed as on the autism spectrum are often at a loss for ideas about how best to help their child. Playing, Laughing and Learning with Children on the Autism Spectrum is not just a collection of play ideas; it shows how to break down activities into manageable stages, and looks at ways to gain a child's attention and motivation and to build on small achievements.

Each chapter covers a collection of ideas around a theme, including music, art, physical activities, playing outdoors, puzzles, turn-taking and using existing toys to create play sequences. There are also chapters on introducing reading and making the most of television. This updated second edition contains an extensive chapter on how to use the computer, the internet, and the digital camera to find and make resources and activities, and suggests many suitable websites to help parents through the internet maze. The ideas are useful both for toddlers and primary age children who are still struggling with play.

About the Author:
Julia Moor is a sensory art and communication tutor at a day service for adult learners and has worked for fourteen years with adults with multiple learning disabilities (including autism)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843106081
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/15/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 960,748
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Moor is a sensory art and communication tutor at a day service for adult learners and has worked for fourteen years with adults with multiple learning disabilities (including autism). She has a degree in psychology and is a qualified F.E. teacher .Her son Robin was diagnosed with autism at two; he is now a 'high functioning' bright and sociable eleven year old.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 13

1 Why is playing so important? 17

2 Early playing skills: gaining attention and sharing space 21

3 Structured play 33

4 Your computer as a valuable resource 47

5 Toys, toys, toys 67

6 Table-top games and puzzles 85

7 Music 105

8 Turn-taking in play 125

9 Physical games and activities 141

10 Outdoor play 161

11 Water play 183

12 Television potential 195

13 Being creative: art and craft 205

14 Creating imaginative play sequences 221

15 Introducing books and reading 237

16 Problems, frustrating and tantrums: making play enjoyable 267

Resources

Bibliography 279

Therapeutic options/organizations 281

Recommended reading 285

Websites for articles written by adults with autism 287

Toys and suppliers 289

Picture prompts to copy and use 295

Index 299

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