It is important for me to note that autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning just as no two people are alike, individuals on the autism spectrum disorder are not all the same as well. Dr. Stephen Shore said it best, “ If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” Some individuals with ASD are impacted in one area, whereas another individual with ASD may not be.
Autism affects the development of communication and social skills, which can impact the way a child with ASD plays. Many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder struggle with pretend play as well.
As a former teacher to students with ASD, I learned that many of my students interacted and played with toys differently than their same aged peers. I would also like to point out that although many children with ASD may play on their own, it does not always mean that they want to play alone, which can be due to their communication and social skills. This is why peer support is such an amazing tool for individuals with ASD. Peer support is when peers without ASD model, teach and include children with ASD. These peers can be the best way to teach and model how to play. I was very lucky to work with an amazing team of professionals, parents and peer supports to help my students, who all have a special place in my heart.
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Mixed By Me Holographic Thinking Putty Kit
Fidgety Gears (Blue & Green)
Jenna taught students with Autism for 5 years at an elementary school in Clawson, MI, where she also co-led a LINK club, peer-support group. Jenna is mom to Ezra who just turned 2 and has been a Toyologist since 2016. She loves using her teaching background to help people find the perfect product!