Initiating Play Social Story Activity
Description: If a child is having trouble initiating play with his/her peers, a social story an be a great tool! Think about all of the age-appropriate reason that the child may want to initiate play. For example, maybe someone has something that he also wants to play with. Or maybe he sees a group of friends engaged in something that looks fun and he wants to join. For each scenario that you can think of, write a simple script that the child can use to initiate play in that situation. Then, write it in a book with pictures and “I” statements. For example, you can write “If my friend is playing with blocks, I can say “Hey, that’s cool! Can I play with you?”. If the child is minimally verbal, you can always simplify the script down to something like “I play?” or “my turn?”. If you can get pictures of the child that looks like he’s doing the thing you’re describing, that’s great! Or you can use stock photography like the one above. You can download our pre-made social story for initiating interactions by following the link below, or make your own!