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Venturing into Play:

a play skills profile for children with autistic spectrum disorders

Dr. Caroline Smith

The VIP Play Skills Profile (VIP) provides a practical tool for those working with children with autism spectrum disorders (asd). Based on the detailed observations of the play of children with asd and a clear understanding of the play of typically developing children, the VIP Play Skills Profile considers both the social and cognitive developmental dimensions of play. It provides a tool for developing important baseline statements about both the social interactions and the developmental levels of children with asd. On the social dimensions it offers 34 statements about how the child joins with others to play, ranging from isolated play to initiating the play with groups of children. On the developmental dimensions it offers 26 statements ranging from sensori-motor play to the early stages of sociodramatic play.

Subject to extensive use and revision by experienced staff working in mainstream and special schools the VIP provides an accessible tool for accurately describing the play of children with asd, setting targets and identifying the child’s rate of progress.

Each VIP offers a usable resource to complete for a named child. It has been found particularly useful during the foundation stage and key stages 1 or 2 but has also proved helpful in recording the progress of children with severe learning difficulties and autism.

Sample illustration (reduced size) of part of two pages from the VIP

  The Social Dimension When describing the play it is helpful to give details about any prompts used to promote play, whether the play occurs with familiar or unfamiliar people and to indicate the frequency in the frequency marker column
  Solitary Play

Description of Play

1 The child engages in solitary play for extended periods but is beginning to show awareness of the playful possibilities of others Date
  Adult coming alongside  
2 The child continues to play in the same room when an adult enters Date

 

The Developmental Dimension It is helpful to give details about any prompts used to promote play, whether the play occurs with familiar or unfamiliar people and to indicate the frequency in the frequency marker column
Sensory - motor play

Description of Play

The child happily plays with tactile toys/materials. eg. playdough, sand, water, finger paints Date Frequency Marker

 

Relational play
The child relates toys/objects unsystematically. eg. bangs objects together, piles objects up Date Frequency Marker

 

Readership

The VIP Play Skills Profile is a useful resource for, parents, carers, speech and language therapists, health visitors, clinical and educational psychologists, teachers, SENCOs, teaching assistants and those working in pre-school settings and those working with the developmental young in special schools.

The combination of practice based on sound theoretical knowledge, matched with a clear communication style, makes the VIP a practical and useful resource for a wide range of professionals.

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