Many preschoolers follow their peers and look as though they're interacting as they play tag, and make friends. However, some children, particularly children from 3 to 5 years of age, or children with special needs such as autism, need help learning the skills of reciprocal interaction, how to see the perspectives of others, how to negotiate, and how to become a likeable and empathetic peer. They need help developing play skills and telling stories with their friends. For over thirty years, I have taught children how to socialize with peers and I developed a method called Narrative Play Therapy. This method will not help all children with social problems, but it will help many.
Please tour through this website to learn more about Child Talk, Narrative Play Therapy and socialization of preschoolers. My new book, Your Successful Preschooler: Ten Skills Children Need to Become Confident and Socially Engaged (Harvard Medical School publisher and Jossey-Bass, 2011), is now available.
Please see my first book,
Helping Children with Autism Become More Social and the DVD that accompanies the book.