Ever wondered about the role ‘play‘ has in speech therapy, especially for our beautiful autistic children?
Well, let’s address the question: Is there a right or wrong way to play?
The simple answer? Nope… and here’s why:
🚫 Not something that ‘should’ look any particular way
🚫 Not about following a set developmental path.
✅ ALWAYS about fun, flow, and joy
When Play Stops Being Play…
❌ If the fun stops, it’s not play
❌ If it becomes a task rather than a joy, it’s not play
I don’t see that play is the end point or is the goal. And the moment that we write that down as a goal, we as therapists or as parents advocating for our kids are stepping away from the idea that all play is okay and we’re moving towards a feeling of pressure and needing to encourage or teach or show that a child should interact with toys, with activities in a certain way.
🎧 In Episode 14 of the Exploring Neurodiversity Podcast, I share tips on how we can be more present and celebrate different ways that play can look!
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