Play therapy - reaching the child with autism

Parker, Natasha and O'Brien, Patrick (2011) Play therapy - reaching the child with autism. International Journal of Special Education, 26 (1). pp. 80-87. ISSN 0827-3383

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This paper proposes that play therapy can be an appropriate intervention in working with children with autism in schools especially when working with children who have little in the way of social skills and poor communication. It proposes that play therapy may offer school counsellors opportunities that the more cognitive therapies do not. Through the use of case study research, the paper discusses and illustrates an intervention with a seven year old boy with autism across 12 sessions of sandplay in a school in Queensland, Australia.
This paper draws our attention to the legitimate use of case study research in counselling. It also advocates for the use of sandplay, (an expressive therapy intervention) with a child who is autistic and who at first plays chaotically. This paper draws the counsellor's attention to the developmental stages that will follow when the child feels secure enough to proceed. The lack of well researched longitudinal quantitative or mixed method research in play therapy is also noted.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 18 May 2011 23:52
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2015 00:04
Uncontrolled Keywords: autism; therapy; interventions; play therapy; sandplay; case study research; expressive therapies
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1109 Neurosciences > 110906 Sensory Systems
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability
Fields of Research (2020): 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3209 Neurosciences > 320907 Sensory systems
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520105 Psychological methodology, design and analysis
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390411 Special education and disability
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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