4 Tips for Loved Ones Who Want to Play with a Child on the Spectrum

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According to experts, playing is a child’s job. It fosters development and builds vital skills like socialization, creativity, and problem-solving.

Like typically developing children, children with autism engage in play, too. However, they tend to play a little differently. For example, children with autism may prefer to play alone, and they may prefer sensory-related or repetitive play as opposed to pretend play.

So when a child has autism, parents, grandparents, or other loved ones may find it hard to create a connection and bond with the child through play. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible!

In this video, Courtney Peters, a licensed BCBA, gives parents and caregivers four tips for playing with a child on the autism spectrum. Her tips are non-intrusive and child-led; her strategy actually bears some resemblance to Floor Time, a type of autism therapy. Check it out!


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A. Stout received a Bachelor of Arts in Writing through Grand Valley State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2015. In addition to being a passionate autism advocate, she is a member of various fandoms, a study abroad alumna, and an animal lover. She dreams of publishing novels and traveling all over the world someday.