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Play behaviours and play object preferences of young children with autistic disorder in a clinical play environment
Article from Bulletin/Magazine - ilmiah internasional
Autism vol. 10 no. 01 (Jan. 2006)
clinical play environment
play object preferences
spontaneous play behaviour
Play is the primary occupation of childhood and provides a potentially powerful means of assessing and treating children with autistic disorder. This study utilized a cross-sectional comparison design to investigate the nature of play engagement in children with AD (n = 24), relative to typically developing children (n = 34) matched for chronological age. Play behaviours were recorded in a clinical play environment. Videotapes comprising 15 minutes of the children’s spontaneous play behaviour were analysed using timeinterval analysis. The particular play behaviours observed and play objects used were coded. Differences in play behaviours (p < 0.0001) and play object preferences (p < 0.0001) were identified between the groups. Findings regarding play behaviour contribute to contention in the literature surrounding functional and symbolic play. Explanations for play object preferences are postulated. Recommendations are made regarding clinical application of findings in terms of enhancing assessment and intervention by augmenting motivation.
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