Peer Play and the Autism Spectrum: The Art of Guiding Children's Socialization and Imagination
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Peer Play and the Autism Spectrum: The Art of Guiding Children's Socialization and Imagination

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March 1, 2003
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Many children on the autism spectrum spend inordinate amounts of time alone. Without appropriate intervention, they are especially vulnerable to being excluded from their peer group and leading impoverished play lives.

This practical guide, Peer Play and the Autism Spectrum: The Art of Guiding Children's Socialization and Imagination, offers an introduction to the basic principles, tools, and techniques that comprise the integrated play groups model. Pamela Wolfberg essentially translates theory into effective and meaningful practice, giving practitioners, parents and other caregivers the tools to initiate peer play groups for children in school, home, and community settings.

Teach children with autism to play using this evidence-based curriculum!

Editorial Reviews


The Integrated Play Groups (IPG) model draws on multiple theoretical perspectives, current research, and best practices to provide opportunities for children with autism to experience and learn within the culture of ALL children - play. This field manual provides abundant guidelines and details to implement the play groups in a variety of settings. This is a wonderful resource for families and professionals. A 'must' for anyone who is interested in supporting the peer play experience of children with autism. --Jane R. Wegner, PhD, director, Schiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders, University of Kansas

This is a wonderful user-friendly resource for parents and educators who understand that quality intervention for young children with autism must include play! Based on award-winning research, Pamela Wolfberg offers practical guidelines for developing Integrated Play Groups. Her assessment, hands-on activities, and detailed strategies give us the tools we need to build fun and meaningful play opportunities for children. This book is another 'must have' on my short list of recommended resources. --Kathleen Quill, PhD, Autism Institute, Boston, Massachusetts

Here is finally a book about developing social and imaginative play - not only play skills - in children with autism. Pamela Wolfberg beautifully lays out the importance of social and peer play in the lives of all children, and clearly and comprehensively describes the means to foster the development of social communication and play for children with autism who most need it. The descriptions of the steps involved are so clear and easy to follow, and the resources provided are so rich and specific that the easy implementation of the IPG model hides the wealth of information and depth of experience that is distilled into this book. --Mimi W. Lou, PhD, clinical director, Children's Hospital Autism Intervention (CHAI), Children's Hospital & Research Center, Oakland, California

About the Author

Pamela J. Wolfberg, Ph.D., is co-founder of the Autism Institute on Peer Play Relations and Play-Center for Intergrated Play Groups and adjunct faculty at San Francisco State University. She leads seminars for professionals and families throughout the United States and abroad, and is widely published in academic texts, peer-reviewed journals, and books. Her book Play and Imagination in Children with Autism is based on her doctoral dissertation, for which she received a distinguished award from the University of California, Berkeley.

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