Participating in play dates can help children with autism gain invaluable social skills. The best way for children on the autism spectrum to learn how to manage their emotions and make friends is to practice those skills over and over with their peers.
A sample list of play date activities designed to improve social-emotional, play, cognitive, and motor skills is below. The description of ideas is just a guide. The list of potential games, sports, and other activities is endless. The list below includes activities that in some cases require a minimum level of education and communication.
Activities should be customized to the interests and needs of students. A list of ten or so major activities can be given to kids who should have some leeway to take turns choosing activities. In a two-hour play date, usually about six activities can be accomplished.
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