Teaching Play Skills to Children with Autism Using Visually Structured Tasks
Young students with autism typically exhibit lower levels of play behaviors than their typical peers. These play behaviors may be idiosyncratic and/or unusual (e.g., stereotyped or inappropriately repetitive), further inhibiting the possibilities for successful social interactions with classmates. Learners with autism can be systematically taught appropriate toy play behaviors that can then lead to enhanced social opportunities for these students. In this paper, we discuss how teachers can develop and implement systematic instructional strategies incorporating visual structuring to elicit more successful play behaviors in these students.
Hampshire, Patricia K. and Hourcade, Jack J.. (2014). "Teaching Play Skills to Children with Autism Using Visually Structured Tasks". Teaching Exceptional Children, 46(3), 26-31.