Paula and Bobby
Parents of Lillie
Lack of Spontaneous Play
Understanding nervous system related symptoms and features.
Symptoms may affect multiple parts of the body. Understanding which part of the body a symptom affects, can help us to better understand the potential underlying causes of a symptom, including a rare disease or genetic syndrome.
The nervous system is made up of a network of nerves and cells that carry messages to and from both the brain and the spinal cord. Within the nervous system are the Central nervous system and the Peripheral nervous system.
The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system.
Within the peripheral nervous system are the somatic and autonomic nervous systems. The somatic system controls responses to sensory stimuli, while the autonomic nervous system controls the inner workings of organs, including digestion, breathing and the heartbeat.
Sleep is one body function, controlled by the autonomic nervous system, specifically the sympathetic nervous system.
What is a lack of spontaneous play?
A lack of spontaneous play generally refers to an individual’s inability to play spontaneously. They are not able to engage in free or open play.
This generally means an inability to engage in free play, open-ended play, play without set structure and guidelines or rules, role play, imaginative play, loose parts play, or sensory play where the expectation is to play freely.
What should I do next?
In some instances, a lack of spontaneous play may be one of the features of a rare disease or genetic syndrome. In this case fast, targeted genetic analysis can give you a more accurate diagnosis.
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