Playing, Laughing and Learning with Children on the Autism Spectrum is a collection of play ideas for parents with children who have autism spectrum disorders. Themes include music, art, reading, physical activities, puzzles, playing outdoors and turn-taking.
The book begins with sections on acknowledgments and introduction. It is divided into 15 chapters with several sub-sections in each of the chapter.
- Why is Playing So Important?
- Early Playing Skills: Gaining Attention and Sharing Space
- Structured Play
- Toys, Toys, Toys
- Table-Top Games and Puzzles
- Turn-Taking in Play
- Physical Games and Activities
- Outdoor Play
- Water Play
- Television Potential
- Being Creative - Art and Craft
- Creating Imaginative Play Sequences
- Introducing Books and Reading
- Problems, Frustration and Tantrums - Making Play Enjoyable
Many useful sections complete the book – sections on Bibliography, Therapeutic Options/Organisations, Recommended Reading, Websites for Articles Written by Adults with Autism, Toys and Suppliers, Picture Prompts to Copy and Use, and Index.