Using Play to Foster Communication in Children with ASD
Children learn to communicate and interact with others through play, but play is compromised in children with autism. This project will create a 20-minute instructional film that will help parents and professionals teach children with autism how to communicate in play and become more socially connected to others. the film will be based on the applicant's recent book, Helping Children with Autism Become More Social, and will explain, through specific strategies, how to teach language during play through four phases of play therapy. the film will use footage of children going through the four phases: play, joint attention, reciprocity, and engagement. the applicant plans to make the film available to parents and professionals around the world through her website, professional lists and speaking engagements.