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    Hi everyone,
    I was wondering if anyone has suggestions on how to help my 4 year old join other kids in play. She is shy and often won’t actually join but stand around them or run with them.


      Hi Stacey,

      The Learning together module on ConnectABILITY has an article that you may find useful. It has some suggestions on how to help your child join in play.
      Here is the link: Joining in play

      Does anyone else have any ideas?




      did you try to ask other kids to invite your daughter in the game?
      I had the same problem with my son, when he was 4))
      I just ask another kids to initiate, and then my son was very happy to play with them. Especially, if kids would propose to play any active game)))


      Hi, Staceyd,
      Running with other kids is good for young children to have fun with others. They may just do parallel playing and then interact with each other if they find common interests. Some kids may find their own friends with whom they play.
      It’s ok if they feel happy to be with others and others’ reactions impact the kid’s playing actions. Children with autism may ignore others or teacher’s instructions, some of them may feel overwhelmed if they are surrounded by other kids.

      parents can be a mediator helping kids interact with each other. For example, parents may tell the child to “take turns” with other kids while they are playing see-saw.


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