I am just wondering when kids typically will begin pretend play. I am filling out the GARS for my 32-month old son and he appears to do well on the social sections, for social interest anyway since he is very socially engaged with us and likes to be around other kids as well, but pretty much fails the rest as far as language and play skills go. One section is asking of development between birth to three years of age, though, and since he is not yet quite three I'm wondering how much effect that will have on the decision. The only thing I ever see him pretending to do is talk on the phone. He does not pretend anything else that I have seen, and does not seem to understand the little games that other kids play either. He will mostly only play running/chasing (if other kids chase him in play - he does not chase them purposefully back)/jumping/slides with other kids. With legos and blocks he will build towers but nothing else. He does not pretend play with favorite character toys or dolls or anything else. I seem to remember my nieces and nephews having more complex play skills by this age but they are all older than DS2 - all the younger ones have much more language than him but are young enough that their play is still very parallel versus interactive. My older DS is autistic and has never developed typically so I am not able to use him as a model.
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