April is Autism Awareness Month, a month in which we take the time to promote inclusion and acceptance of all those who are neurodiverse. For children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), that means being included in playdates and other childhood social interactions.
Setting up a playdate between a child on the autism spectrum and a neurotypical child will have immense benefits for all involved. For the child with ASD, this is a great opportunity to practice communication skills, social skills, and play skills in a safe environment. For the other child, it teaches compassion, acceptance, and the enhanced ability to connect on common interests.
Of course, for both parties, setting up a playdate may be intimidating. Use these 4 tips to make the time go more smoothly, and remember, no playdate between any children is ever perfect.