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Play and Imagination in Children with Autism
(Second Edition - 2009)
Pamela Wolfberg
Teachers College Press-Columbia University

*Based on Award-Winning Research...Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, University of California, Berkeley

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Peer Play and the Autism Spectrum: The Art of Guiding Children’s Socialization and Imagination
(English Edition - 2003)
Pamela Wolfberg with Foreword by Adriana Schuler
Autism Asperger Publishing Company
Peer Play and the Autism spectrum: The Art of Guiding Children’s Socialization and Imagination
(Chinese Edition - 2003)
Pamela Wolfberg
Farterng Culture Company

Learners on the Autism Spectrum, 2nd EditionLearners on the Autism Spectrum: Preparing Highly Qualified Educators
(Second Edition - 2014)
Kari Dunn Buron & Pamela Wolfberg (Editors) with contributions by world-renown authors
Autism Asperger Publishing Company

*Recipient of 2009 Autism Society of America Literary Work of Year

My Best Friend Will (2005)
Jamie Lowell and Tara Tuchel with Foreword by Pamela Wolfberg
Autism Asperger Publishing Company
Written by an expert player about her friendship with a novice player that was formed in Integrated Play Groups
Pathways to Play! Combining Sensory Integration and Integrated Play Groups
Glenda Fuge and Rebecca Berry
Autism Asperger Publishing Company


Wolfberg, P.J. (in press) Lernen von Spiel und Beziehungen zu Gleichaltrigen: Integrierte Spielgruppen (Learning to play and socialize with peers: Integrated Play Groups) in V. Bernard-Optiz (book series) Autismus konkret: Lern- und Therapiemethoden in der Praxis (Autism Concrete: Learning and Therapy), Stuttgart, Germany: Kohlhammer

Balasubramian, L., Blum, A., & Wolfberg, P., (in press) Building on Early Foundations into School: Fostering Socialization in Meaningful Socio-Cultural Contexts, In R. Jordan, L. Robert, J., & K. Hume (Eds) Autism and Education: International Handbook, London, U.K., Sage Publications.

Bottema-Beutel, K, Turiel, E., DeWitt, M., & Wolfberg, P., (2017) To include or not to include: Evaluations and reasoning about the failure to include peers with Autism Spectrum Disorder in elementary students, Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice doi:10.1177/1362361315622412

Wolfberg, P.J. (2016a) Integrated Play Groups for children on the autism spectrum. In C.E. Schaefer & H. Kaduson (Eds.) Short-term play therapy for children (Third Edition) Guilford Publishers

Wolfberg, P.J., (2016b) Integrated Play Groups: Supporting children with autism in essential play experiences with typical peers. In L. Reddy, C. Schaefer, & L. File-Hall (Eds), Empirically-based play interventions for children (Second Edition) American Psychological Association.

Wolfberg, P., DeWitt, M., Young, G.S., & Nguyen, T. (2015) Integrated Play Groups: Promoting symbolic play and social engagement with typical peers in children with ASD across settings. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 45 (3), 830-845.(DOI) 10.1007/s10803-014-2245-0

Wolfberg, P.J. (2015). Play's role and meaning in the lives of children with autism. In D. Fromberg & D. Bergin (Eds) Play from birth to twelve: Contexts, perspectives, and meanings (Third Edition). New York: Routledge.

Dunn Buron, K. & Wolfberg, P.J. (Eds.). (2014) Learners on the autism spectrum: Preparing highly qualified educators and related practitioners (2nd edition). Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publishing Company.(recipient of 2009 Literary Award, Autism Society of America)

Wolfberg, P.J. & Buron, K. (2014) Perspectives on evidence based practice and autism spectrum disorder: Tenets of competent, humanistic and meaningful support. In K.D. Buron & P.J. Wolfberg, (Eds.).Learners on the autism spectrum: Preparing highly qualified educators (second edition). Shawnee Mission, KS: AAPC.

Wolfberg, P. (2013) Integrated Play Groups Model: How Parents Can Support their Children in Essential Play Experiences with Peers, Autism Bay Area Magazine, Jan-Feb.

Wolfberg, P., Bottema-Beutel, K. & DeWitt, M. (2012) Including children with autism in social and imaginary play with typical peers: Integrated Play Groups model, American Journal of Play. 5, 1, 55-80.

Bottema-Beutel, K. (2011). The negotiation of footing and participation structure in a social group of teens with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders. 2, 61–83.

Wolfberg, P.J. & DeWitt, M. (in press) Integrated Play Groups intervention model. In K. Quill (Ed.). Choices: A parent’s guide to social Interventions for children with autism, Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publishing Company

Wolfberg, P.J. (2011) Sensory playground structures designed for children with autism: Creating equal access to inclusive play for All children. Autism Spectrum Quarterly

Wolfberg, P.J. (2011-2012) Integrated Play Groups (IPG) model. In Lyons & Freilch (Eds.) Cutting-edge therapies for autism. New York, NY: Skyhorse Publishing Company (second edition)

Wolfberg, P.J. (2011). Die Bedeutung des Spiels fuer Peer-Beziehungen und soziale Inklusion in paedagogischen Einrichtungen fuer Klein- und Vorschulkinder In B. Ytterhus & M. Kreuzer (Eds.) „Dabei sein ist nicht alles“ – Soziale Inklusion und Marginalisie-rung in integrativen Gruppen des Kindergartens – Eine Anthologie (Second Edition). International Buchprojeket, Universität Trondheim mit Hochschule Niederrhein.
Translation: The meaning of play for peer relations and social inclusion in pedagogical settings for young children) Being nearby isn’t everything – Social inclusion and marginalization in integrated groups within early childhood settings  – An Anthology.

Wolfberg, P.J. (2010). Play! A portal to new worlds. Inclusive play-The Outside Scoop, 2, 5 – 10.

Wolfberg, P.J. (2010) Foreword. In Nelson, A. Foundation role plays for autism, London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Neufeld, D. & Wolfberg, P.J. (2009). From novice to expert: Guiding children on the autism spectrum in Integrated Play Groups. In Schaefer, C. (Ed.) Play therapy for preschool children. Washington, D.C: American Psychological Association.

Wolfberg, P.J. (2009) ¡A jugar! Incluyendo a los niños dentro del Espectro Autista en la cultura del juego con sus pares (translation: Play! Including children on the autism spectrum in the culture of childhood), Paso a Paso, 07 Vol. 17. (Translation of Wolfberg, 2005)

Wolfberg, P.J. (2008). Including children with autism in the culture of play with peers. In C. Forlin & J. M-G. Lion (Eds). Reforms, Inclusion and Teacher Education: Towards a New Era of Special Education in Asia-Pacific Regions. London and New York: Routledge.

Wolfberg, P.J., McCracken, H., & Tuchel, T. (2008). Fostering peer play and friendships: Creating a culture of inclusion (pp. 182-207). In K. Buron & P.J. Wolfberg (Eds.). Learners on the autism spectrum: Preparing highly qualified educators. Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publishing Company.

Bottema, K., & Wolfberg, P.J. (2007). Peer play and the exceptional child. Exceptional Family, 3. 15-17.

Wolfberg, P.J. (2007). Essays on play oriented therapies, Integrated Play Groups model, social play, symbolic play, spontaneous play, and imagination. In B. Myles, T. Cooper Swanson, J. Holverstott (Eds.) Autism spectrum disorders: A handbook for parents and professionals. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing.

Duda, S, & Wolfberg, P.J. (2007). A Grandparent’s Journey: Building an Inclusive Community for Children with Autism. Autism Spectrum Quarterly. 4, 16 – 18.

Wolfberg, P.J. & Schuler, A.L. (2006). Promoting social reciprocity and symbolic representation in children with ASD: Designing quality peer play interventions (p. 180 – 219). In T. Charman & W. Stone (Eds.). Early social communication in Autism Spectrum Disorders. NY: Guilford Publications.

Wolfberg, P.J. (2005) Definitions for imagination, Integrated Play Groups (IPG) model, spontaneous play, social play and symbolic play. In J. Neisworth &  P.S. Wolfe (Eds). The Autism Encyclopedia. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes.

Lantz, J.F., Nelson, J.M. & Loftin, R.L. (2004) Guiding children with autism in play: Applying the Integrated Play Group model in school settings. Exceptional Children, 37 (2), 8-14.

Zercher, C., Hunt, P., Schuler, A.L., & Webster, J. (2001). Increasing joint attention, play and language through peer supported play. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 5, 374-398.

Schuler, A.L. & Wolfberg, P.J. (2000). Promoting peer socialization and play: The art of scaffolding. In B. Prizant & A. Wetherby (Eds.) Autism spectrum disorders: A transactional developmental perspective. (p. 225-227) Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes.

Wolfberg, P.J. (1995) Enhancing children's play. In K.A. Quill (Ed.) Teaching children with autism: Strategies to enhance communication and socialization. New York: Delmar Publishers Inc.

McCracken, H (2010). The Secret is Out! Strategies to Build Friendships for Kids with ASD. Autism Asperger Digest, Jan-Feb Issue 2010. www.autismdigest.com

McCracken, H (2008). Creating a Culture of Inclusion Through Play and Friendships: The Friend 2 Friend Integrated Play Groups Program. Autism Spectrum Quarterly, Winter 2008. www.asquarterly.com

Duda, S, & Wolfberg, P.J. (2007). A Grandparent’s Journey: Building an Inclusive Community for Children with Autism. Autism Spectrum Quarterly. 4, 16 – 18.

McCracken, H. (2006). Autism Awareness Programs: Demystify, Not Identify. Autism-Asperger Digest, September. www.autismdigest.com

Richard, V, & Goupil, G. (2005). Application des groupes de jeux integres aupres d’eleves ayant un trouble envahissant du development (Implementation of Integrated Play Groups with Autism/PDD Students). Revue quebecoise de psychologie, 26(3), 79-103

Wolfberg, P.J. (2005). Play! It’s more than just a button on the remote: Including children on the autism spectrum in the culture of childhood. Autism Spectrum Quarterly. 2, 8-12.

McCracken, H. (2005). Friend 2 Friend: Fostering mutual friendships for children with ASD. Autism-Asperger Digest, Jan-Feb, 6 - 15. www.autismdigest.com

McCracken, H (2005). Friend 2 Friend's Programs Help Children with Autism Feel Safe to Say “I am Autistic Too”. Autism Spectrum Quarterly. 2, 8-12. www.asquarterly.com

McCracken, H. (2005). Between Friends. Abilities, Canada's Lifestyle Magazine for People with Disabilities, Canadian Abilities Foundation www.abilities.ca

Antipolo, L. & Dichoso, D. (2003). The effects of integrated play groups with sensory integration on the play and social skills of children with sensory integrative dysfunction. Unpublished master’s thesis, San Jose State University, San Jose, California.

Boucher, J. & Wolfberg, P.J. (Eds.) (2003) Play [Special Issue] Autism:The International Journal of Research and Practice. 7 (4).

Boucher, J. & Wolfberg, P.J. (Eds.) (2003) Editorial. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice. 7 (4) 339 – 346.

Schaefer, S. & Atwood, A. (2003). The effects of sensory integration therapy paired with integrated play groups on the social and play behaviors of children with autistic spectrum disorder. Unpublished master’s thesis, San Jose State University, San Jose, California.

Mikaelian, B. (2003) Increasing language through sibling and peer support play. Unpublished Master Thesis, San Francisco State University, CA.

Wolfberg, P.J. (2003). Integrierte-spielgruppen: Förderung kommunikation und sozialen fähigkeiten bei autistichen Kindern. Forum Logopaedie (Journal for Speech and Language Association of Germany)

Yang, T., Wolfberg, P.J., Wu, S, Hwu, P. (2003) Supporting children on the autism spectrum in peer play at home and school: Piloting the Integrated Play Groups model in Taiwan. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice. 7 (4) 437-453.

Wolfberg, P.J. (2000) Making make-believe: Enhancing communication and social skills through Integrated Play Groups. Autism - Asperger's Digest, 3, 12-17.

Wolfberg, P.J. & Schuler, A.L.  (1999). Fostering peer interaction, imaginative play and spontaneous language in children with autism, Child Language Teaching and Therapy Journal. 15 (1), 41-52.

Wolfberg, P.J., Zercher, C., Lieber, J., Capell, K., Matias, S. G., Hanson, M., & Odom, S. (1999). "Can I play with you?" Peer culture in inclusive preschool programs. Journal for the Association of Persons with Severe Handicaps. 24, (2), 69-84.

O’Connor, T. (1999). Teacher perspectives of facilitated play in Integrated Play Groups. Unpublished Master Thesis, San Francisco State University, CA.

Odom, S. L., Horn, E. M., Marquart, J., Hanson, M. J., Wolfberg, P., Beckman, P. J., Lieber J., Li, S., Schwartz, I., Janko, S., Sandall, S. (1999). On the forms of inclusion: Organizational context and individualized service models. Journal of Early Intervention, 22 (3), 185-199.

Hanson, M.J., Wolfberg, P.J., Zercher, C., Morgan, M., Gutierrez, S., Beckman, P., &  Barnwell, D.  (1998) The culture of inclusion: Recognizing diversity on multiple levels. Special issue on the inclusion of young children with disabilities. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 13 (1), 185 - 209.

Wolfberg, P.J. (1995) Supporting children with autism in play groups with typical peers: A description of a model and related research. International Play Journal, 3, 38-51.

Wolfberg, P. J, & Schuler, A.L. (1993) Integrated Play Groups: A model for promoting the social and cognitive dimensions of play in children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 23, (3), 467-489.

Gonsier-Gerdin, J. (1992) Elementary school children's perspectives on peers with disabilities in the context of Integrated Play Groups: "They're not really disabled, they're like plain kids." (unpublished study) UC Berkeley-San Francisco State University, CA

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