Aarambh Session on Play
For many families dealing with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, ‘play’ is further most from parents’ minds. However play is a rich medium for interacting with children with this autism. Play being fun is a rich foundation for starting social engagement and interaction with children on the spectrum.
The ‘Aarambh’ (training program for families of children with autism) session on Play focused on how parents can use simple play routines to engage with their children and provide a frame work for communication. For a child who enjoys being tickled, you can tickle the child and suddenly pause dramatically giving your child an opportunity to communicate for more tickles! This could include eye contact, a smile, body movements, gestures, vocalisations or sometimes even words! Parents were encouraged to try at least one play routine and we will discuss the same when we meet for the next session!