Using Play to Enhance Emotional and Behavioral Development for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Replays addresses the challenging behaviors seen in children with autism spectrum disorders through a technique that involves interactive symbolic play. In a step-by-step fashion, Replays shows parents and professionals how to help children access their own emotions, whether they are verbal or non-verbal, cognitively able or impaired, even-tempered or emotionally volatile. The chapters focus on introducing and implementing replays, while also addressing how to tailor the replays for children in different settings and situations. Levine and Chedd, through their expertise, approach this subject by looking at more than just behavioral management strategies and socio-emotional and communicative development. The authors concentrate on how children can learn to re-experience and master the complex emotional state that can lead to ongoing behavioral challenges.
Karen Levine is the Clinical Director for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at the Cambridge Center for Child and Adolescent Development of the Cambridge Health Alliance, and is an Instructor at the Harvard Medical School. Naomi Chedd is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Educational Consultant in private practice. Karen and Naomi have worked collaboratively with children with autism and developmental disabilities for more than ten years. They have written many articles for families, therapists and educators and frequently present at conferences.