Structured Play Groups Fact Sheet
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 de- fined activity, specific selection of typically developing peers to be in the group, clear delineation of theme and roles by adult leading the, and prompting or scaffolding as needed to support the students’ 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.
Odom, S. L. (2013). Structured play groups (SPG) fact sheet. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders.
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