Coaching Parents How to Play
Learn strategies to help parents learn how to be their child's play coach.
Children with Autism develop play skills differently than their same aged peers. When children exhibit atypical play behavior coupled with delays in joint attention, targeting speech-language goals can be challenging. This can make parent training a daunting task.
We know that children learn to communicate during everyday activities and that parents/caregivers have many more opportunities to interact with their child in meaningful everyday situations than a therapist does, therefore it makes sense that parents/caregivers undertake an active role in the therapy process. However many parents/caregivers fill ill-prepared for this undertaking. They worry about making mistakes that may negatively impact progress being made with the speech-language pathologist.
During this course, you will gain insight into how children with autism play, how to develop appropriate play goals, as well as effective ways to coach parents/caregivers in such a way that you will boost their confidence and as such their follow-through of therapy strategies to enhance communication through play. More importantly you will have the tools so show parents that play can be fun!
Strategies discussed will include:
Following your child's interests
Modeling play behavior
Prompting play behavior
Adding language to the experience
Establishing routines within the context of play
The main focus will be children ages 2-6 years. This course will not be offered for CEUs at this time, but please stay tuned for future CEU courses.