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Playing Together pathway

What is Playing Together?

The aim of Playing Together is to give more skills to parents and carers in using strategies to support the development of their child’s social communication skills. These are practical things to incorporate into your day-to-day interactions, based on evidence of the best ways to support children’s early communication and interaction skills.

How does the programme work?

When your child reaches the top of the Playing Together waiting list, you will be contacted with some information and invited to a face to face appointment at Ryegate Children’s Centre. This will give the opportunity for our team to gather some up-to-date information, check it is still the most appropriate pathway, explain the running of the programme more and answer any questions you might have.

The rest of the sessions are carried out by accessing strategy videos and attending video calls across several weeks.

What, why and how
In each video you will be told what the strategy is, why you might use it and shown how to set it up with your child.

You will be given a couple of weeks to try this out at home, before meeting with a Speech and Language Therapist on a video call to review the use of the strategy. We encourage families to take videos of what they are doing at home and share them with us, to help us review how things are going.

What happens next?

After the Playing Together sessions the Speech and Language Therapist will talk to you about the next most appropriate Speech and Language Therapy pathway for your child.

Further assessment

As well as being referred to this programme your child has also been referred for further assessment of their social communication skills.

There is quite a long wait for assessment but you will be contacted when it is going to start.


Contact us

If you have any questions about the Playing Together programme please contact us on 0114 226 0611.

More information about sleep, eating, communication and local support services: www.sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk/asdsupport

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

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