With Rebecca Shaffer

Play Skills is the third in our series of short videos — My Child is Home… Now What?? —  from Rebecca Shaffer, PsyD, director of psychological services at the Cincinnati Fragile X Clinic. Here she give us pointers about how to build play skills while your children are at home, and some great resources for thinking through different play opportunities.

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After watching the video, please let us know if you have any questions by filling out the form below. We will try to answer as many as we can, and it may even become the subject of a future video from Dr. Shaffer!

more Play Resources

Activity Tips — Managing Emotions, Routines, and Exercise Through Play
From Sesame Street, play and learn activities such as Glitter Jars to help children manage emotions; Potty Time to add playful learning to daily routines; make time for healthy exercise with Move & Groove; and Watch & Learn activities.

Coping during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Yale’s Guide for Families with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (PDF)
Guidance from the Yale Child Study Center to help provide ideas and support families as they develop new routines within their homes.

printable resources courtesy of dr. shaffer

All are in PDF format, you may download and print.

Links from Dr. Shaffer’s presentation

Video Modeling Play

All are YouTube videos.

Sensory Play Ideas & Resources

Sorting Play Ideas & Resources

Building Play Ideas & Resources

Pretend Play Ideas & Resources

Dr. Rebecca Shaffer

Rebecca Shaffer, PsyD, HSPP
Dr. Shaffer is the director of psychological services for Cincinnati Children’s Fragile X Treatment and Research Center.  She performs evaluations necessary for clinical research and provides psychological assessment and behavioral treatment for individuals with Fragile X syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, and Angelman Syndrome.


Female Power to Fight a Crisis — Presentation

Females living with Fragile X syndrome were asked to give advice to other females living with FXS on how to cope with this — or any future — crisis. Listen as Marcia talks through their advice and her own advice, built on decades of working with patients with Fragile X syndrome.

A COVID-19 Social Story from NFXF

The National Fragile X Foundation has created a social story to reflect the changing requirements that governments are enacting. There’s a lot of information — and misinformation — about COVID-19 out there, but there’s no doubt it’s impacted families in many, many ways.

How to Prepare for a Telehealth Visit

Drs Rebecca Shaffer and Ernie Pedapati tell you how to prepare for your telehealth visit, including behavioral checkups. They are with Fragile X Clinic at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Their advice is applicable to all visits.