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Friday, March 4, 2016

My Little Cricket’s Delay: JASPER Mommy and Me 4: It’s all in the Play

One of the many reasons why I love JASPER for my Little Cricket is because it is first and foremost a play based therapy. And also because it has structure, something traditional floor time models lack. All children learn through play, and why should children with ASD be any different. Today at JASPER Mommy and Me we learned all about play. Play can help children learn how to socialize, can help build language; can help problem solving skills and imagination. What children with ASD have the hardest time with though is learning how to be spontaneous in their imaginative play. The goal of JASPER is to increase the diversity, frequency and complexity of each individual child’s play level.

I found today’s topic on the 16 different levels of play, from functional to simple play, from symbolic thematic play to pretending to be superman. The most beneficial information yet; I could in essence find where my sons play level is and then try and work toward helping him achieve higher levels of play.

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