, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 520-521
Date: 25 Jul 2009

Julia Moor: Playing, Laughing and Learning with Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Practical Resource of Play Ideas for Parents and Carers (Second Edition)

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Many professionals who work with individuals with autism are often asked by parents to suggest books that are not “too technical” and that provide specific examples of ideas that can be easily implemented at home. Julia Moor’s book, “Playing, Laughing and Learning With Children On The Autism Spectrum: A Practical Resource of Play Ideas for Parents and Carers” is an example of one such book. In the introduction, Moor explains that she was driven to write the book after her son was diagnosed with autism. Moor, a special educator, sought to compile a book of simple play ideas that parents can try at home to increase their child’s play and social skills. Moor’s book is comprised of 16 chapters that include specific strategies, examples, and resources for parents and other care providers.

Moor begins with a brief explanation of why play is an important skill, while clearly indicating that the book is intended to be a general resource and starting point for parents, not an instructional manua ...