Qualities of symbolic play among children with autism. A social-developmental perspective
Hobson, R Peter and Lee, Anthony and Hobson, Jessica A (2009) Qualities of symbolic play among children with autism. A social-developmental perspective. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 39 (1). pp. 12-22. ISSN 0162-3257 (Print) 1573-3432 (Online)Full text not yet available from this repository.
We hypothesized that the qualities of play shown by children with autism reflect their impoverished experience of identifying with other people’s attitudes and moving among person-anchored perspectives. On this basis, we predicted their play should manifest a relative lack of the social-developmental hallmarks that typify creative symbolic functioning. We videotaped the spontaneous and modelled symbolic play of matched groups of children with and without autism. The two groups were similar in the mechanics of play, for example in making one thing stand for another and using materials flexibly. By contrast, and as predicted, children with autism were rated as showing less playful pretend involving self-conscious awareness of pretending, investment in the symbolic meanings given to play materials, creativity, and fun.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Creative Symbolic Functioning, Self Conscious Awareness, Awareness, Psychosocial Development, Symbolism, Childhood Play|
|Subjects:||Communication (incl. disorders of) > Autism|
|Depositing User:||Ms Linda Dolben|
|Date Deposited:||08 Feb 2010 15:49|
|Last Modified:||27 May 2015 17:15|
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