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Lovesoftplay Tue 23-Oct-12 16:25:12

My son struggles a bit with social interactions with his peers. He hangs about on the peripheral of groups of boys in his class but doesn't seem to know how to initiate play.

He is in reception and I know a few of the mums. Do you think I should invite their sons round for 1:1 play dates after school or in the holidays? Or should I just wait it out and see how he gets on with making friends by himself?

usualsuspect3 Tue 23-Oct-12 16:26:46

I would invite a them round to play, yes.

WereTricksPotter Tue 23-Oct-12 16:42:09

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usualsuspect3 Tue 23-Oct-12 16:43:13

a them?

Yes, I meant one at at a time.

givemeaclue Tue 23-Oct-12 17:23:53

Yes invite them, great idea

neolara Tue 23-Oct-12 17:25:47

Yes, invite them round one at a time.

WipsGlitter Tue 23-Oct-12 17:45:33

Yes, but not for too long. Hour and a half max to start with.

midseasonsale Tue 23-Oct-12 18:44:23

Ask him which ones he particularly likes, also think about the mums you like

mudipig Tue 23-Oct-12 21:12:58

Yes it can definitely help. Being 1:1 with another dc helps. Also, if they're struggling with what to play, initiate something for them. Once they start having a good time together, it gets easier.

BoysBoysBoysAndMe Tue 23-Oct-12 21:16:56

Yes, 1 to 1 will be great for him and build confidence.

A little play and a picnic style lunch in a den? My ds1's favourite!

I've done this in the past as ds1 isn't a social butterfly. He's very happy with his friends, but uncomfortable around new children.

Reception is still quite young too for some mums to be happy leaving their dc with a stranger, so for the first time, you may need to invite mum or a coffee too.

Not always the case, just what I've experienced.

Good luck and hth!

BoysBoysBoysAndMe Tue 23-Oct-12 21:17:52

mum for a coffee

-not, "mum or a coffee" confused

BoysBoysBoysAndMe Tue 23-Oct-12 21:18:47

Oh and get some balloons-great ice breaker ime smile

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