Developing pretend play in autistic children using the Playboxes joint play approach as part of ongoing practice

Marwick, Helen and Jarvie, Karena and Cowie, Hilary and Johnston, Lorna and Hammond-Evans, Nicola and Cockayne, Rachael (2021) Developing pretend play in autistic children using the Playboxes joint play approach as part of ongoing practice. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. ISSN 0162-3257

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    Abstract

    A repeated measures single subject design was used to examine the effectiveness of a joint play approach embedded in professional practice, in supporting pretend play for autistic children. Seven autistic children, aged 5-8 years, with a placement within a specialist educational provision, and who demonstrated restricted play, participated in weekly sessions using the Playboxes approach over a period of 3 months. Pre- and post-approach pretend play abilities were assessed using the Symbolic Play Test and the Test of Pretend Play. Every child gained increased age-equivalent scores on the Test of Pretend Play, ranging from +8 to +30 months. Pretend Play abilities can support developmental outcomes and incorporation of this approach into regular practice could be of value for autistic children.

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    Marwick, Helen ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3320-9391, Jarvie, Karena, Cowie, Hilary, Johnston, Lorna, Hammond-Evans, Nicola and Cockayne, Rachael;