Among the puzzling aspect of autism is having to actually teach the art of playing to children.
There is no shortage of toys in Isaac's life. His toy closet is quite full, it's organized for my sake, and locked for therapy's sake.
Limited access helps with so many skills: requesting, pointing, shared interest, and regular ol' responsibilities: clean up and put away because everything is important and everything has a place.
From fine motor toys, puzzles, cause and reaction toys, pretend toys, play-sets, and blocks, most of the toys have come from thrift stores. I've had been blessed to find expensive educational toys for under a buck or at least no more than two or three dollars. Bring them home, clean them up, sanitize, and they become a part of our play therapy.
Aside from puzzles, Isaac's favorite toy is the play food, but for free play Isaac truly prefers active activities,...he loves to run and jump and explore,...and that's important play too.
But social play needs work and we're working or rather playing together,...
For any child play is a powerful learning tool, and I am grateful to have a toy closet full of incentives because Isaac is always motivated when we open that closet door.
However, like any other therapy: social play is often one step up, two steps back, but that's life and seemingly part of the nature of autism, but we'll keep playing together, and learning and growing, for that too is life.
Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!