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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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    Smelling is one of our five senses and even though it is not necessarily normal to smell other people, children with ASD might do it as a means of exploring their environment and gaining information. Discover why this happens and how develop new concepts

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    Some children may show a preference for playing alone. They can be supported to develop social skills through various play experiences. Luckily, there are things you can do to improve their social skills. Read this section to learn why this happens and what play activities are recommended in this situation.

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    Music is an efficient form of therapy that can help your child find alternative ways to communicate. Click here for more fun and educational songs.
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    Verbal communication can be delayed in children with ASD. Your child might have learned some words in the past that they are no longer using or are a yet to develop new words and phrases. Exposing children to environments rich with language and encouraging their use of words can help develop these skills. Find out more about how to help

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    Children with ASD may engage in certain types of stimming behaviours, and spinning can be one of them. In this section you can learn some activities you can use to introduce them to new types of physical play.

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Children love playing with balls of all shapes and sizes. And with good reason: balls are great for group play, organised sports or just playing by yourself. They are also suitable for a variety of age groups (from babies to children and even adults).

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