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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Autism Asperger Publishing Company (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193128217X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931282178
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Based on award-winning research, Pamela Wolfberg offers practical guidelines for developing Intergrated Play Groups. -- Kathleen Quill, Ph.D., Autism Institute, Boston, Massachusetts<br /><br />Here is finally a book about developing social and imaginative play--not only play skills--in children with autism. -- Mimi W. Lou, Ph.D., clinical director, Children's Hospital Autism Intervention (CHAI), Children's Hospital & Research Center, Oakland, California<br /><br />This field manual provides abundant guidelines and details to implement the play groups in a variety of settings. --Jane R. Wegner, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, director, Schiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders, University of Kansas

About the Author

Pamela J. Wolfberg, Ph.D., is co-founder of the Autism Institute on Peer Play Relations and Play-Center for Intergrated Play Groups and adjunct faculty at San Francisco State University. She leads seminars for professionals and families throughout the United States and abroad, and is widely published in academic texts, peer-reviewed journals, and books. Her book Play and Imagination in Children with Autism is based on her doctoral dissertation, for which she received a distinguished award from the University of California, Berkeley.

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This book is an excellent practical resource for promoting play in children with autism or ASD.
Anna Martin
Her Integrated Playgroup Model is well researched (there is an extensive log of her studies in Appendix B).
Marcy Willard
This book has been the single most important reference book I've used to help my son overcome autism.
Katy in San Francisco

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Anna Martin on October 25, 2003
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This book is an excellent practical resource for promoting play in children with autism or ASD. This book begins from a philosophy that incorporates and respects all children. It provides numerour practical resources and instructions for setting up integrated play groups. It incorporates research and resources. A refreshing book I can't wait to apply to children with ASD in my occupational therapy practice
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Katy in San Francisco on January 2, 2006
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This book has been the single most important reference book I've used to help my son overcome autism.

Two years ago -- my 4 year old son didn't know how to relate to other children, he didn't speak to other children, he would just stare at them as if they were bugs he was studying. Using the methods expertly outlined in this magnificent book -- my son now plays with others, chats away with them, and has learned much more about how to function in the neuro-typical world. Since the business of children is play -- lack of play skills keeps most children with autism from taking part in childhood activities.

Autism is a communicative and social disorder, this book did more than I could possibly say to help me learn how to teach my son to communicate and to play with others. This book taught me, and can teach all parents and caregivers, that we ourselves can do so much to help our children overcome autism's ill effects, and the basic core of that is in helping them learn how to play.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Olivia G on February 21, 2006
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There is so much out there about Autism, classified as a pervasive developmental and neuropsychiatric disorder, whose causes are not fully understood. I feel this book is not limited to those with PDD or ASD; it is useful for any child, as other reviewers have mentioned.

Some of the techniques that may be useful in treating a child with PDD, are the systems used in Integrated Play Groups, so well outlined in this book. It seems particularly valuable in mainstreaming a child into "neuro-typical" culture, something that we caregivers want for our loved ones with PDD.

However please remember, in spite of the tone of this book, that with Autism Spectrum Disorders there are no silver bullets, and "play therapy" should not be seen as the end all of treatments for a child with PDD. It should, at best, be viewed as one of the many tools at a caregiver's disposal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marcy Willard on February 21, 2008
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This book is the `bible' for social skills coaches, as far as I can tell. I read every one of the peer-reviewed, well researched, books I can get my hands on about Autism and peer-play. This is the best.

In the forward of this book, one of Dr. Wolfberg's professors comments that, "[Pamela's] students turned out to be much more capable than I had ever imagined once the multiple supports were established in these intense initial coaching sessions." Rather than seeing Autism as a static disorder with a certain set of skills to work with, Dr. Wolfberg uses her sensitive and in-depth account of Autism to understand the amazing potential of every child.

The purpose of this Field Manual is to provide practitioners and caregivers a guide to address the needs of children with Autism in a social setting. Her Integrated Playgroup Model is well researched (there is an extensive log of her studies in Appendix B). Dr. Wolfberg describes IPG as, "designed to support children of diverse abilities on the autism spectrum (novice players) in mutually joined play experiences with typical peers and siblings (expert players)." She outlines 6 main challenges for children with Autism in play situations: reciprocity, imagination, sensory processing, Theory of Mind (generally this is the inability to take account of the perspectives and feelings of others), and ritualized patterns.

Dr. Wolfberg goes into detail about how each of these issues presents difficulty in both the `Symbolic Dimension' and the `Social Dimension'. The Symbolic Dimension involves manipulation play, functional play, and symbolic-pretend play. The Social Dimension revolves around the typical roles children play as: onlookers, parallel players, players with common focus, coopertive play, and peer group entry.
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