Parents’ Modelling of Play Skills in Spontaneous Interactions May Promote Autistic Children’s Play Behaviours (73837)

Session Information:

Wednesday, 22 November 2023 15:45
Session: Poster
Room: Orion Hall
Presentation Type: Poster Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Background: Children on the autism spectrum always encounter difficulties in engaging in various play acts. Their parents can play a critical role in their play development. Among the different strategies adopted by parents, modelling, which involves parents demonstrating play acts to their children, can help the latter to develop play skills through observation and imitation. However, very little is known about whether modelling during parent-child spontaneous interactions facilitates the production of play acts in autistic children, in comparison to other strategies, such as suggestion, command, and imitation. The present study addresses this issue, and we hypothesize that parents’ modelling of play behaviours would facilitate autistic children’s production of play acts.
Method: Thirty-seven autistic children aged between 73 and 114 months from a special school in Hong Kong and their parents were recruited for this study. The parents were instructed to play freely with their children for 20 minutes. The sessions were videotaped and coded. The children’s play acts were categorized into sensory, relational, functional, and symbolic play, while the parents’ play strategies were categorized into modelling, command, suggestion, and imitation.
Results: The autistic children mainly performed sensory and functional play, while their parents adopted suggestion and command strategies. The parents’ modelling strategy was significantly and positively associated with the number of their children’s play acts.
Conclusion: The modelling of play acts by the parents of autistic children is effective in promoting their children’s play behaviours. It is advisable for parents to demonstrate play activities in daily-life interactions.

Ho Wai Lam, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Wing Wun Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Wing Chee So, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

About the Presenter(s)
Mr Ho Wai Lam is a University Doctoral Student at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong

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Posted by Clive Staples Lewis

Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00