Integrated Play Groups

Setting up play groups is a strategy most appropriate for young children. Play is how young children interact and is the precursor to more advanced social skills. The early skills of taking turns, joining play and sharing lead to the higher skills of conversation and relationships. Below are a few resources that can be helpful in setting up play groups. There are some logistical matters to address such as finding peers, a setting and identifying an activity that these texts simplify for you.

Peer play and the autism spectrum : the art of guiding children's socialization and imagination : integrated play groups field manual / Wolfberg, Pamela J.

Call Number: 618.928 Wolfber Wol
ISBN: 193128217X
Pub. Info: Shawnee Mission, Kan. : Autism Asperger Pub. Co., c2003.

Pathways to play! : combining sensory integration and integrated play groups : theme-based activities for children with autism spectrum and other sensory-processing disorders / Fuge, Glenda.

Call Number: 618.92891653 Fuge
ISBN: 9781931282550 (pbk.)
Pub. Info: Shawnee Mission, KS : Autism Asperger Pub., c2004.

Notes: "This book presents a series of ready-to-go, theme-based activities to address children's sensory issues. With fun and motivating titles such as Flying Trapeze!, Let's Go Fishing! and Dinosaur Island, the 40 carefully designed activities make it easy for professionals and parents alike to provide structured peer play activities with a sensory-motor foundation. Pathways to Play! has the potential to enhance the development and lifelong happiness of children with sensory-integration challenges."--Publisher's website.