Post written by: Sabra Evans
Imitative play improves symptoms of autism
written by Michele Solis
“...When you have attention,” says Sally Rogers, professor of psychiatry at the University of California at Davis, “you've got an engaged mind and you've got an opportunity to interact and teach something.”
"...Because getting the childʼs attention can be crucial to social interaction, even a brief glance at the parent can be meaningful."
"...“[Imitation] can create a moment of surprise for the kid,” Siller says, “and that may get him to look up and look at you and share his interest with you.”
"...Normal social exchange can be over-stimulating for a child with autism. Imitation makes the interaction highly predictable, putting the children in control of the stimulation they receive, she says. “This type of simple interaction provides a first building block for developing more complex interactions.”
"...The program also benefits parents, helping to tune them into their childʼs interests. For instance, parents set more realistic goals for a play session and learn to notice and appreciate the ways their child connects with them. “Very often parents run off in a direction and donʼt usually notice that they leave the kid behind,” says Siller. “Imitation is a very nice strategy for the parents to become aware of what the child likes, what he doesnʼt like, and the pace.”