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What a great book! I can't believe it only has one review, which just came to my attention :) As a proponent of play and an Autism Specialist myself, it is SO wonderful to have a practical, insightful, well organized, and easy to read primer on one of the most crucial rites of passage of childhood; especially for children with Autism/special needs. This book is a crucial resource for parents/professionals in special education who are wondering where play "fits in" with our common core standards, ABA/VBT lesson plans, and uber-regimented, technologically driven, and evidence based outcome leaning society. One where the methodical integration of toys and tech into lesson plans for children with Autism are needed; now more than ever.
I have been suggesting this book in my Socially Speaking(tm) seminars since 2010 or so, as it touches on ALL the areas of development we need to monitor; and so nicely too! The framework of chapters are a developmentally scaffolded blueprint of best practices and social communication profiles/case studies. We learn about the components of play, the culture of play, and the implications of delayed onset of play development in children with Autism, all while reading about specific children and their play schemas. This makes for an interesting read, and raises lots of great food for thought about IEP/social communication goals and implementation and special education curricula....especially since the DSM V changes as of May 2013. I highly recommend this book, and after reading it, I hope you will too!