Undoing Autism One Toy at a Time
'Play-Based Treatments' continued...
In an even later video, the little girl is given a choice between two toys. She chooses the Jack-in-the-box. She squeals with delight. And she’s given a job: to turn the crank. She knows the song, and as the cadence builds, she turns more slowly, anticipating the Pop! of the doll leaping out of the lid. It does.
And then a beautiful thing happens. It lasts just a split second, but she looks up at her mother, locks eyes, and grins.
The researchers gasp.
“It’s so huge for her,” says Brooker Lozott, the speech-language pathologist.
“That look,” she says, “is a look that’s going to last a lifetime for her.”