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As noted in a study published August 16, it can be challenging for parents and teachers to find play activities that appeal to children with ASD. Kathy Ralabate Doody, PhD from SUNY Buffalo and her colleagues set out to discover the types of play preferred by children with autism.
The researchers found children with autism prefer:
- Play involving "strong sensory input and feedback"
- Play with "repetitive movement or motion"
- Play with "cause/effect attributes"
The study also discusses the types of play liked least including:
- "Pretend play activities"
- "Arts and crafts"
The methods undertaken for this study were unique in that:
- the children had the freedom to choose what activity they wanted to play.
- there was no prompting by adults
- the children were observed in a real play environment, a children's museum
The study's authors want their findings used to promote inclusive activities involving children with autism and their peers. The authors also think the information can be used to promote positive behaviours by allowing the child's preferred play as a reward.
The study, Preferred Play Activities of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Naturalistic Settings, is published in the North American Journal of Medicine and Science.
For more information see:
Preferred Play Activities of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Naturalistic Settings
Children with ASD demonstrate play preferences in a children's museum