Happiness is….. PLAY! As part of their ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) program, we incorporate lots of play activities. Engaging in play keeps our students motivated to learn and maximizes their focus during table time. Play is an integral part of child development and an important part of autism therapy. Through play, children learn social skills such as sharing, cooperation and turn-taking. Social language is learned, self-esteem is built, and friendships are formed during recreational activities with peers. Play encourages cognitive enrichment, emotional growth, and influences personality development. It offers a means of exploring various societal roles and rules, and provides time to practice finding solutions to problems. Creativity and imagination are fostered through play. Most importantly, play brings joy and happiness.