According to the Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) proposed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), early childhood education programme should be able to promote social competence of children through play, child-centered and interactive group activity. The prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has increased tremendously over the last two decades. Both the Hong Kong Education Bureau and NAEYC advocate a play-based and child-centred teaching approach and believe that applying the approach in pre-primary education programmes can provide more socialization opportunities to young children including children with ASD enrolling in integrated programmes in mainstream kindergartens.

Published in: Canada International Conference on Education, 2017

  • Date of Conference: 26-29 June, 2017
  • DOI: 10.2053/CICE.2017.0137
  • Electronic ISBN: 978-1-908320-83-4
  • Conference Location: University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada