Autplay Therapy helps by supporting children to develop skills in three primary target areas:
(Includes: Identifying emotions, understanding and expressing emotions, emotion/situation recognition, recognising emotions in others, sharing emotional experiences and managing emotions)
(Includes: Non verbal communication skills - eye contact, facial expressions, gestures and body language; Verbal communication skills - back and forth conversations, initiating and responding to social overtures, recognising and using humour; Social etiquette - taking turns in games and conversations, appropriate situational behaviour and comments, public vs private behaviour)
Connection to others
(Includes: Parent/Carer and child bond, managing separations, understanding of/developing friendships and other relationships, joint attention, sharing interest with others, understanding and managing personal space, appropriate adult/child/peer relationships, stranger danger, relationship problem-solving)
Although these are the three primary target areas, it is not possible to work on these areas without addressing sensory processing, anxiety and challenging behaviour issues. These are called the secondary targets areas. Research has indicted that by targeting these areas, the child experiences greater success in their everyday functioning, reduction in their distressing emotional and sensory symptoms which and less frequent and intense challenging behaviours. This can result in improved emotional well-being, healthier, safer relationship, improved concentration and attention, better engagement in their school work and more willingness to develop social activities.
Autplay also helps parents/carers directly as it involves a training component for them, in person. The significant persons in the child's life will be supported to develop a consistent way of interacting and playing with the child in order to build predictability and encourage success across multi-social environments. Research has indicated this way of working increases parent/carer confidence in their parenting skills.