MENTAL IMAGINARY WORLD

Peer-play experiences are a vital part of children’s socialization, development, and culture. Children with autism face distinct challenges in social and imaginary play, which place them at high risk for being excluded by peers. Without explicit support, they are likely to remain isolated from peers and the consistent interactive play that encourages developmental growth. Children with autism appear to be distanced from our existing world. When people observe a child with autism they often feel that children with autism are in a world of their own. Viewing from the aspect of an autistic child he/she enters a world of their own imagination. They may imagine a funny image or a funny act and they tend to laugh by themselves. When we see them, we can observe that the child is not paying attention to us and laughing for nothing. All kids like to use their imagination, and many play fantasy games where they pretend to be characters in a made-up world. Some children persist in building especially elaborate imaginary worlds, with impressive depth in terms of play, laughing etc.

A traditional perspective on autism suggests that the disorder is connected with a marked lack of imagination and that autistic individuals are also not very good at imagining or impersonating characters.On the other hand however, it has been recognized that particularly children or adults with high functioning autism are perfectly able to create imaginary scenarios and some experts even describe some of these children and adults as distinctly creative and imaginative. They always tend to love cartoon and rhymes characters. There are numerous informal as well as some scientific reports of children and adults with high functioning autism having an imaginary friend.  Autistic imagination is internal and played out in different ways.

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