Children with autism spectrum disorder often exhibit a restricted or limited range of interests and play materials. They may show a persistent preoccupation with parts of objects (the spinning wheels of toy cars), an attachment to unusual objects (a toy wheelbarrow), or fixation with a narrow interest (such as numbers or letters). Often, children with autism will demonstrate a great and odd knowledge in remembering locations, places, numbers, or letters. These very specific interests will make it difficult for the child to engage in purposeful play alone or with peers, as well as adjust to changes in routines or changes in the physical environment around them. The goal is to assist the child in expanding his interests as well as incorporating his strong interests into a more appropriate adaptable play style.
Some play behaviors of concern:
To assist in the development of play skills and expand children’s interests in other activities the child must improve his ability to imitate adult play, to increase the variety of toys a child will use, and increase the spontaneity of play materials. Some ideas to assist in enhancing play skills and interests include:
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