Encourage your child's development

We've talked a lot about getting help from other places. But there's a lot you can do at home to help your child's development!

Play with your child!

No matter how old your child is, spending time together will help you both have fun and stay positive!  It also strengthens your role as a trusted ally for your child.

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For younger children, playing together can help them with development, learning and forming relationships.     

It will also create opportunities for them to practice social skills and communication. 


Purposeful Play  can help your child work on these skills: 

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  • Listening to Instructions
  • Expressing Themselves
  • Stronger Hand and Eye Coordination 
  • Social Interactions and Taking Turns

Click on the link at the bottom of the page to see a list of ideas for purposeful play. (It will open in a new tab or appear in the bottom corner of your screen.) 


Here's what you can do:

  • Download the brochure below that fits your child's age. (It will open in a new tab or appear in the bottom corner of your screen)

  • Look in the section "What you can do" and follow the suggestions.


Sources: Zero to Three, Autism Speaks