Parent Tips: Play Dates
Three Parts of Play-Set Up, Play, and Clean Up
When working or playing with others, it’s important that the group functions as one. Spending too much time discussing ideas during the set up phase could take away from the time you have to play or work together. Following these six Social Thinking® techniques will allow the group to progress easily through the set-up phase.
Be flexible and open to others ideas
Be inclusive, ask others what they think
Participate, share ideas and add to the discussion
Use whole body listening with your peers
Use kind words when you don’t like someone’s suggestion
“That’s a good idea, but what do you think about….”
There may be a time to agree to disagree. Use other strategies to help come to a conclusion.
– Combine ideas
– First, then
By Nikki Stewart, MA, BCBA