The Friend 2 Friend Integrated Play Groups programs combine the award-winning Integrated Play Groups®, Friend 2 Friend Autism Demystification® and SCERTS® models. Our programs focus on the development of the social, communication, emotional regulation and peer play competencies of all the children participating in the programs.
Early Childhood Integrated Play Groups
are offered twice per week in 45 to 60-minute sessions, Tuesdays and Thursdays or Wednesdays and Fridays from September to June each year. The sessions consist of small stable groups of children, 1-2 novice players (children with autism or related needs) and 2-3 expert players (typically developing peers). Under the guidance of highly trained professionals, each session is designed to meet the social, communication and play needs of the novice and expert players as they participate in mutually engaging weekly play themes and activities.
After attending our free parent training, novice players and their families are invited to join our programs. Parent training is the first step to fully understanding our unique and innovative peer play programs, as well as, ensuring our Integrated Play Groups® programs are the right fit for your child before registering. Families must register at least one expert player when registering a novice player. Expert players are same aged peers, who are typically developing with advanced social, communication and peer social play skills and who remain well regulated even during times of change or excitement. They attend the programs completely free of charge and may register online at any time. Expert player’s registration click here.
Additional registration information can be found here. Families are also invited to contact our Intake Coordinator for additional information.
Program Information Sorry all current programs are full.
Fall 2017 Program Registration Opens June 1st, 2017
East Van Play Centre Times Ages Fees (Novice Player) Tuesday & Thursdays 10:30-11:30am 3-5 Sept-June 68 sessions $6800 Tuesday & Thursdays 1:00-2:00pm 3-5 Sept-June 68 sessions $6800 Wednesday & Fridays 10:30-11:30am 3-5 Sept-June 68 sessions $6800 Wednesday & Fridays 1:00-2:00pm 3-5 Sept-June 68 sessions $6800 New Westminster Play Centre Times Ages Fees (Novice Players) Tuesday & Thursdays 9:30-10:30 3-5 Sept-June 68 sessions $6800 Tuesday & Thursdays 11:00-12:00 3-5 Sept-June 68 session $6800 Wednesdays 10:30-12:00 (90-minute sessions) 3-5 Sept-June 34 90- minute sessions $5500