Sep 06

Episode 4: Category of Play

We begin by reiterating the importance of pretend play and discuss the 5 elements of pretend play.   We get into our main topic today, categories of play, and discuss the 3 categories of pretend play: familiar, observed, and community.  For each category of play Nancy and Melissa break down the research and provide examples.  We look at the core deficits of autism and what barriers we have seen when failing to target the appropriate category of play. It all wraps up with a discussion on data collection and implementation.


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