ASD Be aware that pupils may have difficulties with proximity of others- gradually develop play from solitary play (alone); to parallel play (playing near another); associative play (using the same materials for different purposes, beginning to share); and co-operative play (sharing and turn taking).
Be aware of developmental levels of play: manipulative/exploratory, cause and effect, interactive.
Pretend play may be functional, symbolic, based on fantasy, social and interactive
Specifically teach that playing with someone else can be fun- begin imitating the child and gradually include new activity into the play routine.
Engage the pupil with pretend/representative play (pretending that doll is drinking tea, pretend a cardboard box is a ship, pretend to be different people (dress-up). Develop movement, dance, mime; art activities (shared attention, turn-taking, communication). Structure activities and use visual support.