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Structured Play Group (SPG)

Structured play groups (SPG) involve small-group activities characterized by their occurrences in a defined area and with a defined activity; the specific selection of typically developing peers to be in the group; and a clear delineation of theme and roles by adult leading, prompting, or scaffolding as needed to support students’ performance related to the goals of the activity.

Description

Structured play groups (SPG) are interventions using small groups to teach a broad range
of outcomes. SPG activities are characterized by their occurrences in a defined area and with a defined activity; specific selection of typically developing peers to be in the group; and clear delineation of theme and roles by adult leading, prompting, or scaffolding as needed to support the learners’ performance related to the goals of the activity.

SPG meets evidence-based criteria with 2 group design and 2 single case design studies. According to the evidence-based studies, this intervention has been effective for elementary school-age learners (6-11 years) with ASD. SPG can be used effectively to address social,
communication, behavior, play, school-readiness, and academic skills

Research Summary: Structured Play Groups (SPG)

Ages (yrs) Skills Settings Outcome
6-11 Social, communication, behavior, play, school readiness, academic Home, school, community

Outcomes:     Evidence-based     Emerging     No evidence     Comprehensive

Steps for Implementation

 

Variations: LEGO Therapy

 

Variations: Social Skills Intervention

 

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