Playing in same room

Playing in the same room

After your child is comfortable with having another child in his/her play space have them interact. Find a toy that they can play with together. Maybe reading a book, using a shape sorter, rolling a ball to each other, or something they can play together. Prompt your child to interact with the other child. Hand over hand your child’s motions in the beginning to let your child know what he/she needs to do. Start again by building tolerance of the other child. Start with 30 seconds and build up to 5 minutes. Should your child have a hard time with the 30 seconds or just throws a fit start with 5 seconds, then 10, then 15 and so on.

What to do

1. Sit on the floor with both children.
2. Engage your child by either saying your child’s name or by touching his/her arm.
3. Say” (your child’s name) let’s play with (the other child’s name).” Have a toy ready that both children can play with, for example a puzzle. Show the children what to do and then have them take turns.
4. Perfect outcome: your child takes turns putting in the puzzle pieces.
5. Not so perfect outcome: your child doesn’t want to take turns.
a. Prompt your child through the motions. Show him/her again how to play with the puzzle and then say “Share or take turn”. Your child does it. Praise OR your child still doesn’t know what to do. Show him/her again and repeat step 3. Try for about 3 times and then move on to a new task and come back to it later. Once your child has followed your instructions, have your child to something completely different and then repeat step 3 again to make sure your child really got it. If you have any further questions please join our support desk.

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