Play Preferences and Behavior of Preschool Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder in the Clinical Environment

Desha, Laura, Ziviani, Jenny and Rodger, Sylvia (2003) Play Preferences and Behavior of Preschool Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder in the Clinical Environment. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 23 1: 21-42. doi:10.1300/J006v23n01_03


Author Desha, Laura
Ziviani, Jenny
Rodger, Sylvia
Title Play Preferences and Behavior of Preschool Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder in the Clinical Environment
Journal name Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0194-2638
1541-3144
Publication date 2003-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1300/J006v23n01_03
Volume 23
Issue 1
Start page 21
End page 42
Total pages 22
Editor Mary Law
Irene R McEwen
Place of publication USA
Publisher Haworth Press, Inc
Language eng
Subject C1
321024 Rehabilitation and Therapy - Occupational and Physical
730303 Occupational, speech and physiotherapy
Abstract The play of children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) is a valuable medium for assessment and intervention, and its analysis has the potential to aid diagnosis. This study investigated spontaneous play behavior and play object preferences for 24 preschool children with ASD in a typical occupational therapy clinical environment. Play behavior was rated and choice of play object noted at 10-second intervals from a 15-minute video recording of unstructured play. Statistical analyses indicated that play behavior was consistent with descriptions in the literature. In addition, the children demonstrated clear preferences for play objects in the form of popular characters (e.g., Thomas the Tank Engine) and those with sensorimotor properties. We propose that the inclusion of preferred play objects in a clinical environment may increase intrinsic motivation to play, and thereby enhance assessment and intervention.
Keyword Autistic spectrum disorder
clinical environment
play
play object preferences
Q-Index Code C1

 
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