Put Pretending Into Your Child's Play (Make Play Rock)
Building Pretend Play for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Social Communication Difficulties
Put Pretending into Your Child’s Play is the third booklet in the Make Play R.O.C.K. booklet series for parents of young children with autism.
This booklet focuses on helping parents expand their child’s pretend play skills during fun, everyday play activities. Children with social communication difficulties often find it challenging to pretend, so adults must take some extra steps to provide them with the opportunities and encouragement they need to learn.
Measurements: 21 cm long
Why Is Pretend Play Important?
Pretend play is a critical part of all children’s development, and is closely tied to:
- Language skills
- Social skills
- Emotional skills
For children with autism in particular, studies have shown that:
- better pretend play skills at age three and four are associated with better language skills at ages eight and nine.
- the more varied and flexible a young child’s pretend play, the more advanced his thinking skills are at ages eight and nine
Booklet highlights include:
- A checklist for identifying your child’s current stage of pretend play and the next step he can take
- Guidelines on the best toys to use and how to use them to encourage your child’s development
- Concrete examples and illustrations of parents using the strategies in the booklet to build their child’s play skills
- A Pretend Play Plan to help you plan your child’s next play step and how you’ll help him take it