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Playing, Laughing and Learning with Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Practical Resource of Play Ideas for Parents and Carers [Paperback]

Julia Moor
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15 May 2002 1843100606 978-1843100607 1st Edition
Parents of young children newly diagnozed as on the autism spectrum are often at a loss for ideas about how best to help their child. They feel dismayed and "shut out" by their child and are often also having to grapple with language and behaviour problems. "Playing, Laughing and Learning with Children on the Autism Spectrum" is not just a collection of play ideas; it shows how to break down activities into manageable stages, and it looks at ways to gain a child's attention and motivation and to build on small achievements. The use of case studies illustrates how problems of ritual and obsession can be used and redirected positively and shows how to structure play activities and overcome communication barriers by using picture cards. Each chapter covers a collection of ideas around a theme: music, art, physical activities, playing outdoors, puzzles, turn-taking and using existing toys to create play sequences. There are also chapters on introducing reading and making the most of television. The ideas are useful both for toddlers and primary age children who are still struggling with play.

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  • Paperback: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 1st Edition edition (15 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843100606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843100607
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"'An approachable and practical edition that will be welcomed by parents and carers alike. I know how hard it can be to find "How to" resources for parents. Well here is a gem.' - Children, Young People and Families" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Whilst studying for a degree in psychology, Julia Moor has worked for the past eight years with adults with mild to severe learning disabilities (including autism) both as a carer and facilitator running group art sessions in residential homes. Her son Robin was diagnosed autistic at two He is now five years old, verbal and functioning well in mainstream education.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Therapy for the child and for the parent 14 Feb 2005
For the parent or carer of an autistic child, play can be a very difficult area. It's often the area in which a child's departure from the "normal" developmental track becomes apparent - toys are not used in the way expected or not used at all, imaginative play fails to develop, and so forth. With "normal" play patterns not pertaining, how do you fill the day; how do you connect with the child; and how do you give them the developmental benefits, the life practice and the skills, that play helps to develop?
This book helps you answer those questions. The play discussed ranges from the very basic - tickle games or rough and tumble - to the more complex, such as helping to model imaginative play for the child. Processes are broken down into small, achievable steps that the child can then combine to get results you might previously have thought were beyond him/her. For imaginative play, for instance, one might devise a short, simple story and put it in book form, then act it out with models, then let the child act it out, then wait to see if they move on to acting out stories of their own invention. It's concrete, it's practical and it works. Perhaps as importantly, it's immensely therapeutic also for a parent of an autistic child: if, over the months and years leading to the diagnosis and subsequently, your child has been turned in your eyes into a medical problem or educational project, this will help you rediscover them as a child and learn again to have fun with them. Buy the book, help the child and feel yourself grow more cheerful as well.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful book 18 Sep 2003
Despite its delightful title, I was frightened that this was going to be another "Aren't I a wonderful parent" book. Instead, it is a book with many practical ideas, in particular for parents of children who have just been diagnosed and children who have a functional age below 10. Although my son received his diagnosis 5 years ago now, I found several useful new ideas. All the playing suggestions are well worked through and describe in detail how you can make a sucess of a play situation. It is also very encouraging to learn that you are not a failure if your child walks away after 30 seconds but this is a valid base on which to build. There is also a useful list of suppliers of playing material at the back for readers in the UK and North America. I would recommend this book to all parents who are looking for new play ideas for there autism spectrum child.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful and supportive book 17 Sep 2003
Despite its delightful title, in the beginning I was frightened it would be another "aren't I the perfect parent" book. Nothing of the kind: it was a very practical book full of useful ideas. It is suitable for children at all levels, but more suitable for younger children (that is, children who have just been diagnosed). My son is 8 and was diagnosed 5 years ago but I found useful tips and also support for what I am doing (in my rather haphazard way). In addition, Julia Moore is good in providing support when you feel like giving up when your child walks away after 30 seconds: she shows how you can build on even a very small display of interest (with bribery if necessary!). The list of suppliers of suitable toys is also useful. I would particularly recommend it for parents of newly diagnosed children but also for parents with children with a functioning level under 10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for a parent of a child under 5 4 July 2004
This was the first book I read when we suspected our child was autistic at the age of 2. By the time we got the diagnosis I had already implemented many of the simple play ideas in the book and was getting results. My son is now 4 and making good progress but I still go back to the book for more help and understanding as he moves forward. Everywhere you will read early intervention is the key, but if you want to make a start on your own while waiting for help, this book is a must. I would especially say its good for the under 5. This book shows that parents can make a differnece in a practical set out book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I brought this book while waiting for my son to be diagnosed with what I thought might be autism. He was 2 yrs at the time and the book has provided me with loads of ideas and advice. Its written in an easy and understable format and provided some great ideas and approaches, regarding the concept of what toys to buy and how to use them.

It also gives you a guide into there world and how to try and understand it from their view point. Well worth the price I paid for it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book some time ago now and I must say it has helped me a great deal. When my son was first diagnosed I knew that I wanted to participate in his therapy in some way - after all he spends the majority of his time with me. However as I am not trained in ABA nor in any other therapy used with children who have autism, I was at a complete loss to know what to do or where to start.

This book really answered my questions. I didn't need any background knowledge to read it. It was straightforward and clear, without using any of the annoying jargon that you so often encounter in books about autism, and full of simple ideas on how to go about engaging with my son.

The book also reassured me that just because I don't have a psychology degree doesn't mean I can't help my son and engage with him.

I recommend it to anyone who wants to interact with a child on the autism spectrum. Remember, even ten or fifteen minutes a day of play soon adds up over the weeks and months to hours and hours of floor time and best of all, it's not as hard as you might think. Five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful resource
Ths is a fabntastic read with lots of practical tips .Full of ideas for activites to support the development of play skills for children on the spectrum Thoroughly recommend it.
Published 14 months ago by Jeanette Slater
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for parents of children with ASDs.
This book is crammed full of great ideas for purposeful play. A lifeline for parents it is also very useful for anyone working with a pupil with an ASD in school. Play is the key .
Published 15 months ago by Tweedledum
5.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend
Great book, purchased for my foundation degree and it served it's purpose. Worth the money. I would recommend to students, EYPs, teachers or anyone within SEN or parents of... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Becky
4.0 out of 5 stars chosen for staff
from time to time school will have a child on the autism spectrum, staff require some information and help to make the child happy in a learning environment.
Published 16 months ago by willow
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book Full of Fantastic Ideas
I was lent this book from portage early learning services who come around to help my 3 year old autistic son. I got about halfway through it and decided I needed to purchase it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by dmcnabb
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding practical achievable advice.
This is the only book I have managed to find that offer some really clear, well laid out practical advice about ways to help ASD children. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2011 by Tweedie
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
this book is amazing it is exactly what i was looking for the activities in it are brilliant and are really benfiting my austic child i have even passed this book on to a freind... Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2011 by tiffany
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fabulous book!
I run a preschool and over the years have had more and more autistic children attend my setting. With council cuts, these children are not getting they type of education they need... Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2011 by Karen Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars Playing,Laughing and Learning with Children on the Autism Spectrum
Very useful and straightforwardly written guide for parents to help engage with and help the development of children with ASD issues.
Published on 4 Mar 2011 by Chris Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Easy to read and gives a lot of practical and simple ideas. I would recommend this to anyone who is struggling to think of new ideas to teach their ASD child.
Published on 14 Jan 2011 by Chrissy
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