Understanding Autism: Neighborhood Play Group

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When seven-year-old Avery’s family moved into the neighborhood, the kids next-door were anxious to play, interact, and engage with her. However, they knew she had autism and weren’t quite sure how. Fortunately, their mother, Kay, is a professor in the Department of Special Education at Towson University, and has been working with individuals on the spectrum for 15 years.

To get the children to understand each other, she created a neighborhood play group called Paw Pals. Paw Pals is an integrated play group that teaches social skills and positive social behavior to all children. The focus is not on the child with autism but instead on empowering kids around the child to help bring her into play.

Watch them in action!

Next in the Autism Real Look series: Communication Device

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