Setting up play groups is a strategy most appropriate for young children. Play is how young children interact and is the precursor to more advanced social skills. The early skills of taking turns, joining play and sharing lead to the higher skills of conversation and relationships. Below are a few resources that can be helpful in setting up play groups. There are some logistical matters to address such as finding peers, a setting and identifying an activity that these texts simplify for you.
Pathways to play! : combining sensory integration and integrated play groups : theme-based activities for children with autism spectrum and other sensory-processing disorders / Fuge, Glenda.
Notes: “This book presents a series of ready-to-go, theme-based activities to address children’s sensory issues. With fun and motivating titles such as Flying Trapeze!, Let’s Go Fishing! and Dinosaur Island, the 40 carefully designed activities make it easy for professionals and parents alike to provide structured peer play activities with a sensory-motor foundation. Pathways to Play! has the potential to enhance the development and lifelong happiness of children with sensory-integration challenges.”–Publisher’s website.