Play Based Therapy for Autism

By July 9, 2024 ESDM
PLay based ESDM Therapy for children with autism In Bpndi JUnction, Mascot, Randwick and sydney

The Power of Play: Play-Based Autism Therapy for Children


Play-based autism therapy offers an effective and engaging approach to help children with autism develop. By leveraging children’s natural inclination to learn through play, these therapy sessions become both fun and impactful. In this blog, we’ll explore what play-based autism therapy involves, its benefits, and how it can transform the lives of children with autism.

What is Play-Based Autism Therapy?

Play-based autism therapy integrates therapeutic goals into play activities. Children learn best when they are engaged and motivated. Therapists use play to work on developmental skills in a way that feels natural and enjoyable for the child.

Therapies like the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) and other play-based approaches focus on enhancing communication skills, building social interactions, improving cognitive abilities, developing motor skills, and encouraging adaptive behaviors.

Benefits of Play-Based Therapy

  1. Engagement and Motivation: Children naturally engage with play, which boosts their motivation during therapy sessions. This high level of interest leads to better outcomes.
  2. Natural Learning Environment: Play-based therapy creates a comfortable, natural learning environment. This setting helps children generalize skills across different contexts and people, making the learning process more effective.
  3. Enhanced Social Skills: Play often involves interacting with others. Through play-based therapy, children practice and improve social skills like taking turns, sharing, and communicating with peers.
  4. Individualized Approach: Therapists tailor play activities to each child’s interests and developmental level, ensuring that the therapy is both relevant and effective.
  5. Holistic Development: Play-based therapy addresses multiple areas of development simultaneously, including cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills.

How Play-Based Therapy Works

Play-based therapy sessions are structured yet flexible. Here’s what a typical session might look like:

  • Initial Assessment: The therapist assesses the child’s current skills, interests, and developmental needs.
  • Setting Goals: Based on the assessment, the therapist sets specific, measurable goals for the child.
  • Selecting Activities: The therapist chooses play activities that align with the child’s interests and therapy goals. These activities can range from simple games to more complex imaginative play.
  • Engaging in Play: During the session, the therapist engages the child in play, using the opportunity to work on targeted skills. For example, a game of building blocks might improve fine motor skills and encourage turn-taking.
  • Ongoing Evaluation: The therapist continuously monitors the child’s progress and adjusts activities and goals as needed.

The Role of Parents and Caregivers

Parents and caregivers play a vital role in play-based therapy. By incorporating similar play activities at home, they can reinforce the skills learned in therapy. Therapists often guide and train parents, helping them become effective partners in their child’s development.


Play-based autism therapy harnesses the natural power of play to create meaningful and enjoyable learning experiences for children with autism. By focusing on engagement, motivation, and individualized approaches, this therapy helps children develop essential skills in a way that feels natural and fun. If you want to learn more about play-based autism therapy and how it can benefit your child, contact OneOnOne Children’s Therapy. Our team of certified therapists is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to support your child’s unique journey.

Contact Us

To learn more about our play-based autism therapy programs, call our Bondi Junction and Mascot clinics at (02) 80657837 or email us. Book a free 30-minute phone consultation to discuss how we can support your child’s development through play.

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