Play Power


We know that play is the way a child learns, but fully engaging a child with autism in play isn’t always easy. So learning new techniques and the issues behind this difficulty helped everyone who attended yesterday’s Lecture Series, The Power of Play. Samantha Sawyer took us back to the basics – accessing a child’s attention before moving into building a relationship which only then gives us access to teaching new skills. Then we learned how the brain gets involved – “flight or fight” and sensory issues. And finally she shared with us her five principles of play, redefined “joint attention” and showed us examples of how this looks when playing with children with autism. Many parents and professionals were inspired by Samantha’s transformation from a traditional speech pathologist into a holistic parent coach who helps the whole family play together. And they quickly saw how they too could transform how they play. Play really can open up doors to teaching new skills for kids with autism.

The Five Principles of Play

  1. Join them where they’re at
  2. Create back and forth rhythm
  3. Playful obstruction
  4. Allow child to do the work
  5. Narrate

Don’t miss our next Lecture Series – “When My Autism Gets too Big!” with Kari Dunn Buron

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