Play is important to developing life skills. After all, the social world is very complex, and children with autism spectrum disorder need basic tools to help them succeed in making friends and communicating effectively.
Playing It Right! Social Skills Activities for Parents and Teachers of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Including Asperger Syndrome and Autism contains a series of activities designed to help children on the autism spectrum develop basic social skills by focusing on elements of social interaction in a variety of settings - home, preschool, and kindergarten and elementary school. The book is intended for use by parents, teachers, and others working with young children of varying ages.
The appendix includes materials such as reward cards, schedules, choice boards, and worksheet templates.
Rachael has drawn on her experiences to enhance the literature in social competencies with a delightful book aimed at the small people that we care about. It is an excellent manual and fills a gap for the younger children. --Pam Langford, psychologist
The first hands-on how-to manual I've ever read that provides practical solutions to enhancing development with children with autistic disorders. --Dr. Rick Jarman, behavioral and developmental pediatrician
I am extremely impressed with the knowledge and quality of the programs in PLAYING IT RIGHT! and recommend this book to both parents and teachers. --Dr. Tony Attwood, author and autism expert
About the Author
Rachel Bareket lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and son. Born in New Zealand where she trained as a marine biologist, she moved to Australia in 1995 to work in the environmental field. Rachael currently works at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University as an educator in environment and land management, designing and delivering training programs. Rachael's background as an educator prompted her to research and write social skills activities when her son was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at age 4. Playing It Right! reflects her family's experiences in coping with a child with autism spectrum disorders.