Play Social with Play Works

Our Play Social summer programs provide intensive work on increasing your child's social engagement and problem solving with peers through highly motivating, fun, child centered activities. Play Social Preschool and Play Social School Aged programs are led by Sarah McDonnell MA CCC-SLP and Emily Mashburn MS Ed CCC-SLP, who will work directly with your child using strategies to help each child internalize flexibility, perspective taking, regulation and co-creation. Children may have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, ADHD, anxiety, or other issues that impact their social functioning/problem solving. Children who are able to engage in peer social interaction with some adult facilitation are most likely to benefit from this opportunity. 

Play Social- Preschool (Ages 3-6 years. August 1-5, 10:30am-12pm) is based on the work of Michelle Garcia Winner's The Incredible Flexible You TM. This interactive social learning group teaches preschoolers how to play with others, develop social skills, share an imagination, and improve attention. The goal of the camp is to work on individualized social goals through the use of fun and engaging experiences and emotional challenges tht impact the social development of young children. These goals may include communication for collaboration, co-creation, perspective taking, and increasing emotional regulation. 

Play Social- School Aged (Ages 7-12 years. August 8-12. 10:30am-12pm) is appropriate for children diagnosed with High Functioning Autism, Verbal or Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and Social Anxiety. Based on the work of Michelle Garcia Winner, we teach social thinking skills ranging from perspective taking, which is understanding that others have "thoughts" separate from our own, to interpreting and responding to the nuances of verbal and non-verbal communication. 

So, What is Social Thinking?

Social Thinking strategies teach individuals:

  • How their own social minds work- why they and others react and respond the way they do
  • How their behaviors affect those around them
  • How behaviors are affecting their own emotions, responses to and relationships with others across different social contexts
  • Navigate their behaviors for more rewarding social outcomes, which include considering how others perceive and respond to these behaviors
  • Learn to adapt to the people and situations around them, across contexts, from formal (school classroom) to casual settings (recess, home)

Want to learn more regarding our Play Social summer programs?

Contact us at or 541-716-1316. 

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Sarah McDonnell, MA CCC-SLP
Emily Mashburn