It may look like I don’t want to play with the other kids on the playground, but it may be
that I simply do not know how to start a conversation or join their play. Teach me how
to play with others. Encourage other children to invite me to play along. I might be
delighted to be included. I do best in structured play activities that have a clear beginning
and end. I don’t know how to read facial expressions, body language, or the emotions
of others. Coach me. If I laugh when Emily falls off the slide, it’s not that I think it’s funny.
It’s that I don’t know what to say. Talk to me about Emily’s feelings and teach me to ask,
“Are you okay?”