Who Can Benefit?
Guided play dates are designed for children between 3 and 8 years of age to improve social communication & play skills, including joint attention & shared intention, social-emotional regulation & reciprocity, social problem solving & flexibility, and confidence. Social interactions with peers are complex & many children, even those without a specific language or learning need, can benefit from support in developing these skills.
A guided play date is a therapy session tailored to a child’s social learning needs. The general structure of the session mirrors a typical play date and takes place in a child’s natural home environment. Children engage in a variety of developmentally appropriate play activities & enjoy a snack together before saying goodbye. Each guided play date involves:
- 1 child
- 1 peer model chosen by the child’s therapist & parents for his or her social-emotional strengths
- 1 speech-language pathologist to guide & model social communication & play skills
Play date sessions are 60 minutes total, including:
- 45 minutes of play
- 15 minute of consultation with parents to discuss carryover activities & answer questions
For more information or to speak to a therapist directly, please contact us at 301-204-0285 or firstname.lastname@example.org.