The Importance of Pretend Play for Children with Autism and Other Special Needs
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Over the summer, Brooks busied himself during a long car ride by making pretend cell phone calls to a few superheroes. Here's the transcript (transcribed verbatim from iPhone audio!):
"Hello, Superman. What are you doing today? You're going to a royal ball show? Wow! Sounds like fun. But is it going to be a long show, a short show, or a medium show? Long show. Okay. And what else are you doing? You're going to...a Superman festival? Where other Supermans live? Which kind of apartment are you living in now? Where are all the Supermans living? In the apartment with the butterflies. Oh. Yeah. That sounds like fun. But, are you taking care of them? Or are you chasing them? Okay, chasing them. And what else are you doing? You're sitting on the grass? Okay. Are you sitting on the grass with a blanket, or with a curtain, or with a pillow? Or are you sleeping today? Oh, you're sleeping today. Okay. Umm, Superman, I'll call you later. Okay, I love you. Okay bye."
Marni Goltsman, web producer at the Paley Center for Media and blogger at Insideschools.org, is currently writing a full-length play based on her experiences with autism.
Also see: How to Help Children with Special Needs Develop Imaginary Play
How to Tame the 'Worry Reflex'
How to Maintain Your Marriage While Caring for a Child with Special Needs