Posts Tagged ‘symbolic play’

Play, puppets can help kids with autism learn social skills, understand concepts

September 18, 2011

Imaginative play can help children with autism and other disabilities understand concepts and relate information into meaningful contexts.

Role play and playing with puppets can facilitate creativity and spontaneity in kids on the autism spectrum.  By enabling students to take part in scenarios that help them understand how the world works, imaginative and symbolic play can help students who think in concrete terms understand abstract concepts and relationships.

Because children with autism often have a difficult time learning concepts and ideas, it is believed that acting out situations using puppets, toys, and other three-dimensional objects can lead to greater spontaneity, less scripting, and ultimately a more meaningful social experience.  It is believed that reciprocal social interactions and the use of spontaneous, meaningful language can also be enhanced through the use of imaginative and symbolic play.

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Using humor, puppets in play therapy can enhance social, communication skills for kids with autism

July 28, 2010

Teaching humor to children with autism through imaginary play can encourage engagement, facilitate interaction, and promote the development of abstract thought. Studies have even shown that the ability to role-play in children with autism is related to communication abilities.

Traditional autism therapies have focused on the behavioral aspects of autism, but while structured skills taught at a desk have their place, many children with autism have trouble generalizing those skills into the real world.

Joking around with children with autism, especially using puppets for symbolic play, is an underused and underappreciated way of promoting creative, imaginative, and spontaneous thought.

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