It is vital for the child to practice her emerging abilities through interactions with peers as well as with caregivers.
- Play with another child should be started as soon as a child is fully engaged and interactive and is beginning to master, or has mastered, imitation and problem-solving interactions.
Parents should provide mediation to encourage engagement and interaction between the children.
The best playmates are those who are interactive and verbal and can reach out and encourage, as well as model for, the child with special needs.
Play dates should be increased to three or four times a week as soon as possible.