November’s Smarty is a Scavenger Hunt – a perfect rainy day activity! Scavenger hunts directly target picture-object matching, and visual and spatial memory skills. Because a scavenger hunt can be adapted with endless variations it can be used to target a myriad of skills and is an appropriate activity for preschool to adulthood.
Earlier this month, the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was released. This has been highly anticipated by the autism community because the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder has been changed. Many autism community members – especially those whose children are diagnosed with Asperger syndrome – have expressed concerns about whether their children could lose their diagnosis and, consequently, lose access to treatment.
Play has always had an important role in teaching Jack Riley. They have used play to teach him how to use items functionally – like when they use pretend food and place it on a plate. Jack Riley has now graduated to doing socio-dramatic play with his therapists where they take on different roles. They have been playing ‘restaurant’ for the last two months, where Jack Riley pretends to be the waiter, costumer, or the chef. Now that he has played out these roles, Jessica and Mike are taking him to an actual restaurant to see how he behaves in public.