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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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