By Jane Reddig, Special Playdate founder
Every parent with a child who has special needs knows the challenges of trying to schedule play dates with other children. And it’s a double-edged sword, to be certain. For while the need to practice social interaction and to develop friendships for the child is high, the anxiety level (particularly for the parent) is often higher still. Parents need the comfort of knowing that their child will not be teased by his or her “play date” and that the other parent will also understand their child’s unique behaviors. What is needed is a way for parents with children on the spectrum to be able to find and schedule safe, rewarding social encounters.