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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 6/2007

01-07-2007 | Brief Report

Brief Report: Designing a Playground for Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders––Effects on Playful Peer Interactions

Auteurs: Nicola Yuill, Sara Strieth, Caroline Roake, Ruth Aspden, Brenda Todd

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 6/2007

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Abstract

This study investigated possible changes in social play and initiations in eight boys (5 to 7-years-old) with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) who were moving from an old to a new school playground that was designed specifically to enhance playful peer interaction. Each boy was observed for half an hour over three occasions in the old, then the new setting. The playgrounds differed in design, spatial density and identity of potential play partners. As hypothesised, frequency of group play and overall social initiations increased significantly in the new setting. We discuss how playgrounds with appropriate levels of physical challenge and support for both structured, imaginative play and solitary observation may support peer interactions in children with ASD.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Brief Report: Designing a Playground for Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders––Effects on Playful Peer Interactions
Auteurs
Nicola Yuill
Sara Strieth
Caroline Roake
Ruth Aspden
Brenda Todd
Publicatiedatum
01-07-2007
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 6/2007
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-006-0241-8