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VV Established in the year 2006 VOTC is started with the vision of

providing quality health care delivery of occupational therapy to the TT
II general public and to promote awareness about occupational therapy
among medical community, student community and general public.
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From the beginning, centre rendered its services to the H
children’s with various developmental disorders such as Autism,
ADHD, PDD, CP & MR and Adults with various neurological, orthopedic
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A new branch of the centre has been started functioning in
AA Choolaimedu [within the premises of Purushoth therapy centre] since
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Issue 9 April 2010
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CC Thanks for your continuous support and wishes for our
CC newsletter. As April is considered as the month for Autism, in PP
this issue, we would like to bring you an article on “Play skills in
autism”. The next section contains “Tips to keep your body cool
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in hot summer” and the “Development corner“ contains natural
A course of development of play skills. 3/68, Radhakrishnan
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TT development. Play provides children with natural opportunities to

engage in concrete and meaningful activities that enhance
HH physical, social, language and cognitive development. Play
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physical world around them. Play allows children to learn and
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A develop motor skills, as running, climbing and throwing activities improvement in all the
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materials child develop small motor skills. Play is also important for
YY the development of child language skills. Child usually experiments
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and ideas. In addition, language is also used for communicating
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rules and how to relate with others are learned through play. TT
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is facilitated through play. Child learns to explore, manipulate
TT objects and materials in their environment. Finally, confidence and skills.
RR self esteem build as the child experiences fun and success in play. R
Typical play is characterized by voluntary and spontaneous - S.Vijayalakshmi,
EE behavior which also includes the components of creativity and
flexibility. On the other hand, atypical behavior is characterized by Chennai.
ritualistic, non functional repetitive behaviors. Often, atypical play
is rigid.
In autism, play is impaired during all developmental stages. Feedback
VV Lack of varied, spontaneous make believe play and social imitative
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Occupational therapist with their specialized knowledge base
A in the development of play will usually carry out the assessment of
- Shermila Paul,
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determine the normal developmental level and emotional behavior
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Play therapy is a valuable intervention for children with
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Further, joint attention skill, imitation skill and language skill can
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- Geetha Sampath,
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be helping the children with autism, as this kind of play is severely
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PP children to develop flexibility of thoughts. Special
To sum up, semi structured play therapy sessions may Announcements!
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TT repetitive behavior and encourage communication development.
Play therapy enhances the quality of play which in turn enhances
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NN Tips to keep your body Cool

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A Drink plenty of fluids especially water and fruit
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Wear thin cotton fabrics
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YY Development of play skills
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 1 ½ years – Activates toys
CC  2 years - Plays by manipulating self, parents, TT
EE sibling, significant others and common objects in the
environment, Engage in play for sensory experience,
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TT and pans, Language play with parents interested to know what
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 4 years - Gross motor play, Plays with simple
RR construction toys and art materials, Plays with peers
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EE by imitation, Plays with clay, dough, color forms, Occupational Therapy"
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construction kits, dolls and stuffed animals, Tricycle
riding, Stacking toys, Toy telephone.