I have not found much time for blogging lately because I have been preparing for my daughter's wedding. Malika and Joe are going to be married at sunrise on the beach where we live--half a mile down the road. It sounded like a simple charming idea to have a wedding here in our own neighborhood, and it still sounds charming but it does not seem so simple anymore. Three weeks away, tomorrow, and the list of things to do seems endless. Who will pick up your grandpa from the airport? How many tables do they have at the Beach House? Andy's band will come and play some music at the breakfast but only if we can find a place for them to stay the night before the wedding. Nobody from Joe's family has ever heard of the mystery lady that we have listed as attending the wedding so is she a real person? And on and on. This is my life lately and for the next three weeks. It is an unbelievable challenge to get all the pieces in place for a wedding. Meanwhile, the couple are dancing happily toward their wedding day and I just hope they have as much fun being married as they appear to be having now. For better or for worse, in three weeks, those kids are getting married.
Why Games? is a discussion about why playing with your child is important and how structured games can make your play times more successful. Creating Common Ground is a discussion of how to get started with children who are not yet talking and often move away, ignore you, or protest when you try to play.
Playing is like breathing, hugging, prayer--you need to play. Everyone needs to play.Playing is a means of growing attraction between any two souls. You suspect two people are falling in love if they start to play together.If you want a child to love you, learn from you, imitate you, communicate with you, enjoy you--then play with that child. Both of you will experience joy.
It sometimes helps, when one is trying to understand the meaning of a phenomenon , to see that phenomenon in a different context. Watch here as a Husky and a Polar Bear come together in play. Although not as dramatic, I recently saw a rabbit and a squirrel play together in my back yard. Who knew this even happened? Watching them, I felt they provided me with a confirmation, yet again, of the importance of play to the well-being of all beings who are capable of playing. Dr. Stuart Brown Director of the National Institute of Play, speaking in 2007 on Speaking of Faith, describes how play promotes trust, empathy, and adaptability to life's complications. I see the capacity to communicate and enjoy social interaction grow every day with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorders as they play with family and friends at the clinic where I practice. This blog and the companion web site, Autism Games are dedicated to inspiring you, fellow lover of a child with autism, to play in a thousand different ways and for a thousand different reasons with your child.
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