The University of
Regional Autism Services Program
Child Health Specialty Clinic
Play Units of
EXPANDING OPTIONS IN PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTING
PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN WITH AUTISM
AND PERVASIVE DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDER (PDD)
By Sue Baker, Autism Services Consultant (319-356-4619), Department of
Education and Child Health Specialty Clinics, University of Iowa Health Care in
Iowa City, IA
Project Description: Groups of materials will be
available for parents, professionals, and others to use in providing various
learning options for child growth and development. These materials are organized
around daily life events of young children and can be used for a variety of
instructional and play strategies. Strategies may include structured teaching,
discrete trial format, incidental teaching, Applied Behavior Analysis (aka
Lovaas Behavioral Therapy) behavioral modification, peer involvement, and group
To Consumer: This lending library inventory will be sent to parents and
professionals in Iowa. Out of state lending will not be possible at this
time. You may be interested in participating in this toy project.
Borrowing these units from the Regional Autism Services Program, University
Hospital School, 100 Hawkins Drive Room 239, Iowa City, Iowa 53324-1011, is a
free service. Your only commitment is to return the materials via UPS.
Step 1: Complete the materials inventory list, check marking the three units
you would like to borrow. Recognizing these units may be checked out to other
consumers, rank your three choices, send the attached pages request form with
consumer address listed) back, and this office will send UPS the items to you.
You will be asked to return them UPS to this office, which is your only cost in
borrowing the materials, unless items have been damaged or lost.
Step 2: This office will send you the materials or contact you about when the
other priority items you desired will be expected back in the office, if known.
Please follow the inventory instructions enclosed in each box. This will ensure
that you receive all the materials designed with this unitís theme and also
that all the materials are returned to this office. These materials are
intended to be used only with IFSP/IEP specific goals and should not be made
available to other staff or other children. If by chance, materials are not
returned to this office, you will be contacted and asked to locate the items or
negotiate a replacement item.
Step 3: Enclosed with each unit are samples of activities, sample routines,
and targeted language that can be used when teaching students via discrete trial
format strategies, incidental teaching, etc. These samples provide you with a
guide to vocabulary, phrases, and mini-routines and may be a starting point for
you. Please feel free to make individual matches of content and language to your
Step 4: We would like to gather feedback on the effectiveness of these
materials for your instruction and how you used them. We ask that you complete
the form for feedback and return it with the materials when you are finished or
have a request from this office to return them.
We are happy to make these materials or additional units available to you if you
find them helpful. Your feedback information tells us that people are
integrating certain strategies, that child progress is being made, data is being
taken that helps programmers make instructional decisions, and that people are
satisfied with instructional outcomes designed for young children with autism or
THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN THE AUTISM SERVICES TOY LENDING LIBRARY FOR VERY
YOUNG CHILDREN WITH AUTISM. Children approximately 2 years old through age six
seem appropriate for these materials.
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