Cristian pretend cooking. The importance of role play for autistic children allows them to familiarize themselves with reality. Engaging proactively through interpretation and speech. I am so proud of my Son who is unique and full of wisdom. Autism is not always a disability....but a gift in need of direction! Cristian was just over 3 years old year when we spontaneously filmed our play time. Everything was exciting and new for him because we had just bought this kitchen set for the purpose of role play.