How a child with Autism Processes Social Play

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In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers at Vanderbilt University examined social play exchanges on multiple levels, revealing associations among brain regions, behavior and reactions in children with autism.

“Play is a fundamental skill in childhood and an area in which children with autism often have difficulty,” said the study’s principal investigator, Blythe Corbett, Ph.D., associate professor of Psychiatry and a Vanderbilt Kennedy Center investigator. “However, the psychobiological study of play in autism is seldom comprehensively investigated using multiple levels of analysis.”

Children were given an MRI that tested how they reacted to being placed in playful situations with new children, familiar children, and by themselves. When the child was placed in a playful situation with an unfamiliar child, he resorted to playing alone. What this MRI taught us is that it is important for parents of children with autism to recognize that their child has to gain familiarity with others in order to socialize.

ICare4Autism is an advocate for relationship building and socializing.Children with Autism are not Anti-Social.  We believe that a child should be given the necessary time he or she needs to get to know someone. Take your time teaching your child who’s in their presence and allow them time adapt.