Inappropriate vs. Appropriate Play

Inappropriate vs. Appropriate Play

Many children who have autism use toys in ways the toys were not made to be used or engage with them at all. Also, planning and structuring one’s own leisure times is difficult for children. Here is an example of a toy being used in an inappropriate way and later the same boy and same toy while he plays with it appropriately. He was taught this during his intensive ABA sessions and learned to play with this toy (along with others) within the first 6 months of the start of his ABA home program. There was a specific program for both fine motor and play skills that were targeted. Not only is he playing appropriately he is improving his fine motor and visual skills.



About the Author

Founder, Kate Rauscher, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas and received a dual Masters in Regular and Special Education from the University of Tennessee. She has over ten years experience providing ABA services to individuals with autism, with a focus in early intervention. Kate's past work experience includes developing and supervising school and home educational and behavioral programs, teaching preschool at a prestigious ABA based school, and conducting state wide trainings for parents and service providers. She has been involved with research in the following topics: video modeling, social stories, discrete trial teaching, joint attention, and generalization. In addition, she holds her teaching licensure in Special and Elementary Education. She is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Tennessee Association for Behavior Analysis, and the Autism Society of Middle Tennessee.


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