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01 Oct 2015

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Children suffering from autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, enjoy playing games like any other kid. It's only that they find some games difficult or play in a repetitive way. For example, an autistic child may rather prefer to fixate on watching the wheels of a toy car spinning, or may finish a puzzle in the same manner all the time. Autism spectrum disorder affects the introduction of communication and social skills. Consequently, simple skills needed for games-like the ability to emulate simple actions, share objects with other people, explore the environment and react to behaviors-often takes a hit. - Toys for Autistic Children

But individual with autism spectrum disorder can get special skills for playing games. Following include the stages through which they often pass.

Exploratory

At this stage, autistic children usually explore the toys and objects as an alternative to play with them. They could cuddle with a bear, or put a block inside their mouth, or inspect a doll's hand. Autistic children, like others, start to learn about their world through various colors, shapes, textures and sizes.

Causal

This is the time the autistic child plays with toys that want action for producing the specified result, like pressing a control button to play some music, or ending the jack-in-the-box. Praising your autistic child whilst completes the correct action will get them to repeat it. Even if they fail, cause them to do it correctly next time.

Functional

At this stage the typical activities include pushing the toy car, bringing the toy phone near the ear, or throwing a ball. Obviously the child will need assistance since the response time for kids autism is usually slower than their non-autistic peers.

Constructive

This stage involves working towards a goal, like finishing a jigsaw, making towers from blocks or simply just drawing a picture. Youngsters with ASD may be slow doing certain tasks but could outperform others in some. They often excel in drawing. Encourage your son or daughter to play constructively by showing pictures or through practical demonstration.

Physical

Physical play involves seen and several other games that familiarize kids with people and their immediate surroundings. Observation on this stage has paved the trail for the development of various games for kids with autism. Mobile apps specifically help improve fine motor skills, ultimately causing quick physical reply to environmental stimuli.

Pretend play

The importance of pretend play is practically impossible to undermine in the context of games for individual with autism. Activities include dressing like superheroes, feeding a teddy, pretending to drive a car and so on and the like. Pretend play develops skills needed to build social, communication and vocabulary skills. This type of play happens to be an unfamiliar territory for individual with autism, but with support and necessary intervention, most are known to overcome their difficulties.

Social play

As the name suggests, social play involves having fun with others or in a crew. It's particularly challenging for the children with ASD. Other children could possibly be reluctant to include an autistic child inside their group. Parents of non-autistic children intend to make their kids understand that a young child with ASD is like every other kid. They just require more support and acceptance. - Toys for Autistic Children



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