Overview of Play Therapy: Play Therapy with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Adlerian Play Therapy

Children communicate and learn about the world around them through play. Children with autism lack the natural ability for symbolic or pretend play, but they can learn to engage in symbolic play activities. Children with autism improve in brain functioning, language development, and social interaction through play therapy. Adlerian play therapy is a theoretically based framework of play therapy that utilizes many techniques and concepts to understand children's lifestyle through their play themes and the way they interact with others. This paper explores play therapy, various methods for teaching symbolic play to children with autism, and a synopsis of Adlerian play therapy and concepts.

Tamera Rae Mensink
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