Play Skills

Play supports the development of language, social interactions, and executive functioning. Through play children learn how to interact with others, relate to peers, establish friendships, and express emotions by connecting feelings and thoughts with events.


Behavioral Building Blocks considers play to be an essential component of ABA therapy for all children. Therefore we embed play into every ABA session. 

The Six Types of Play

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Behavioral Building Blocks uses a developmental and behavior analytic approach to assess and define play skills. Since a child's play progresses through a number of developmental stages, Behavioral Building Blocks breaks play behavior down into the finest components required to create comprehensive play skill interventions.

Informational Videos on Play Skills

Learning Through Play: Developing Children's Executive Function Skills

Dr. Silvia A. Bunge, professor at the University of California, Berkley, explains how learning through play is one way to build executive functions in children. 

Improving Social Behavior Using Pairing, Video Modeling, and Tactile Prompting

Dr. Judah B. Axe, associate professor of education and behavior analysis at Simmons College in MA, reviews research on how to improve the social behavior of children with autism.

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