Make Play ROCK: Take Out The Toys (Social Learning)
Take Out the Toys is the second booklet in the Make Play ROCK Series for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder and other communication difficulties. This resource focuses on expanding "functional play" ability, which is early play involving conventional or expected actions using toys. Content and strategies include understanding how early toy play develops and how play of children with ASD differs from typically developing children, learning powerful intervention techniques to engage children, identifying stages of early toy play so that the next functional play steps can be planned and supported, use research-based strategies to help children learn to imitate, enabling children to transfer new learned skills to a variety of toys and play partners. Examples and illustrations of parents using Take out the Toys strategies to build their child's play skills, checklists for identifying your play style, underpinned with understanding of how this affects learning opportunities, identifying a child's stage of early toy play and the next step to take, and a Toy Play Plan to help you plan your child's next play step and how you will support this are also detailed.