All children learn through the art of individual play and through play with their peers. Children with ASD, however, often obsess about certain topics or articles and may not participate in a variety of forms of play.
Due to a lack of social skills, they often struggle to learn how to play in groups, using the skills of taking turns, sharing, etc. Play allows children to learn and practice new skills in safe and supportive environments. Through play children develop their sensory motor skills, and they learn about objects in their immediate environment.
Children learn gross motor skills through physical play with other children. Children learn social skills through play with their caregivers and other children. Children also develop their sense of imagination through play. Children with ASD may need some assistance developing these skills that are so critical to their development.