The Integrated Play Groups (IPG) model is a comprehensive intervention designed to address the unique challenges children on the autism spectrum experience in symbolic play and social engagement with peers.
The primary objectives for the children to promote social communication, reciprocity and relationships with peers, while also expanding their play repertoire to include symbolic play.
Another equally important aim is for peers to gain knowledge, empathy and skills to be accepting and responsive to the unique differences of their playmates with ASD.
The major intention is for the children to spontaneously play, socialize and form friendships while coordinating their own culturally valued experiences with minimal adult involvement.
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