Fundamental components of a play group model in an early childhood classroom with children with autism spectrum disorder





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Two Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) teachers identify fundamental components of a play group model for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) two to four years old within a classroom setting. The ECSE teachers adapt the Integrated Play Group (IPG) Model designed by Pamela Wolfberg (2003). Key influences of this research include current demands in the area of early intervention strategies, workshop training based on the IPG Model, and professional development through Hamline University's Certification in ASD. This research explores literature reviewing the development of play, the importance of play, and play in ASD. Methodologies include an interview with Pamela Wolfberg and controlled observations in both teachers' classrooms. Based on the data the teachers collected they identified four fundamental components. The components include: a team approach, goals for which the child is at in her or his developmental stage, a natural occurring play situation, and peer coaching.

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