Designing a playground for children with autistic spectrum disorders: Effects on playful peer interactions.

Yuill, Nicola, Strieth, Sara, Roake, Caroline, Aspden, Ruth and Todd, Brenda (2007) Designing a playground for children with autistic spectrum disorders: Effects on playful peer interactions. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37 (6). pp. 1192-1196. ISSN 0162-3257

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Abstract

This study investigated possible changes in social play and initiations in 8 boys (5- to 7-years old) with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) who were moving from an old to a new school playground that was designed specifically to enhance playful peer interaction. Each boy was observed for half an hour over three occasions in the old, then the new setting. The playgrounds differed in design, spatial density and identity of potential play partners. As hypothesised, frequency of group play and overall social initiations increased significantly in the new setting. We discuss how playgrounds with appropriate levels of physical challenge and support for both structured, imaginative play and solitary observation may support peer interactions in children with ASD.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: First author
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Nicola Yuill
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:51
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2012 11:43
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14755
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