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The importance of group play in class

One of the characteristics of Autism Spectrum Condition is the child's difficulty in social interaction and consequently in participating in group activities.


However, it is through group play that the child learns to follow social rules, interact with others, cooperate and build self-confidence.


In order for Flora to learn to play but also to maintain her attention, it is important to take the following into consideration when we are planning an activity:

  1. Simple Rules

  2. Symbols- Pictures

  3. Objects

  4. Movement


Based on the criteria mentioned above we have created a game in which Flora learns to wait for her turn and have fun with her peers by copying movements. For the game we will need:

a) a dice

b) 6 movements.


  1. Simple rules: Before we start the game it is important to explain the rules to Flora and her peers. It is important that the rules are simple and easy to understand. This way, students can anticipate what will happen next and what behaviours they need to demonstrate. In this particular game the rules are as follows:


Stand in a circle.

I wait for my turn.

I roll the dice.

I do the physical movement shown on the dice.


  1. Symbols - pictures: Symbols and pictures make the game more accessible. With the help of the symbols-pictures, Flora learns and maintains the vocabulary.


  1. Objects: The use of objects, such as dice, helps Flora understand how she can participate in the game.

  1. Physical movement: Through movement, play becomes more sensory and fun.


It is important for the adult to demonstrate the activity so that all students understand how they can participate in the game.


For more information about the activity, see here.


 

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