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Playing with Children with ASD

ASD play resources for playgroups and parents

This new area on our website aims to help support engagement and development through play of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Given the emphasis on group interaction during PlayConnect  and community playgroup sessions, this section contains multiple strategies to help engage each child in group activities. Parents too, will find most of the information and activities helpful play at home.  


The information in this section should not be used as a diagnostic tool. While the information is designed to recommend strategies to promote group participation and play for children with ASD, the scenarios presented may also be observed in neuro-typical children and can be used for any participant in your group.


Strategies are designed to be suitable for most children at PlayConnect groups (appropriate for ages ranging between 2 and 6 years old). However, please be aware that some activities may require adjustments to make them more or less challenging for specific age groups and that modification to activities may be required to meet the needs of individual children.


We acknowledge that the children’s parents have the best knowledge of each child’s needs, and we trust you will use this judgement when selecting appropriate strategies to implement.


Scenarios may give examples of activities that can be found in the Games section.


Click here to download a helpful glossary of words and terms that are frequently used in this Autism Resources area.


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    Introducing children to a range of pysical activities and games will help them develop their agility, balance and fitness. See how you can help build confidence and support them to engage in physical play.

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    Trying to get rid of this unpleasant behaviour? You might need to go to the core of the problem. See what solutions you have in getting rid of pinching, hitting and kicking. Get information on why this happens, and see what are the recommended play activities to combat this behaviour in your child.

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    Repetetive language involved the repetition of words and phrases. It is often a normal part in the development of lanugage, however children on the spectrum may use this repetive form of communication for a longer periods as they develop their communication. See what you can do to encourage your child to grow their vocabulary.

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    In this section, we explain why routines are so important to ASD children and what play activities are adequate to announce that a change is coming.

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    Loud noises might be distressing to an ASD child even when they don't bother you or others around you. There are some ways to help your child cope with these situations or keep them away from noisy spaces. Read this section for more information about sensitivity to sounds.

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