The Ready, Set, Play! Social Enrichment Program is based on the I Learn Through Play™ curriculum developed by Shirley Aninias. I Learn Through Play™ is designed to teach play skills in a group setting by providing visual tools that support the foundation of play and social skills, repetition, reinforcement, frequent opportunities to practice specific skills and multiple opportunities to generalize skills. We believe that social skills instruction needs to be guided in a systematic hierarchy at an early age in order to establish a foundation for them to build upon. The program is also tailored to enhance a child’s cognitive, social/emotional and communication skills by incorporating a fun multi-sensory approach to learning.

In our experience some programs do not concentrate on teaching and developing group play skills. They expect them to learn it incidentally. As a result, when children are presented with an opportunity to engage in a group activities they exhibit difficulties participating appropriately spontaneously. This is often due to a lack of exposure to structured group play. Our experience shows that with an educational plan tailored to the child’s needs, they can learn the skills necessary to participate in group play without reservation. Group play is a highly effective way for children to learn and master social skills.

The I LEARN THROUGH PLAY™ curriculum is designed to teach play skills in a group setting by providing:
  • Visuals tools that support the foundation of play and social skills
  • Repetition, reinforcement and consistency to acquire the skills
  • Frequent opportunities to practice specific skills
  • Multiple opportunities to generalize skills

Social Skills

The I Learn Though Play™ social curriculum is tailored to improve the following areas:

Joint Attention

  • Eye contact
  • Responding to name
  • Following directions
  • Increase affect

Cooperative Play

  • Joining in/Initiating play
  • Sharing an experience about what she/he sees or likes
  • Sharing/turn taking
  • Navigating social situations
  • Negotiating a peer conflict/compromising


  • Sense of proximity when speaking
  • Interacting with others
  • Monitoring own behavior
  • Acknowledging and responding to others
  • Sustaining on topic
  • Appropriate volume

Self Regulation

  • Improving frustration tolerance
  • Coping with changes in routine
  • Spatial awareness
  • Using emotions to effectively communicate needs appropriately
  • Negotiating a peer conflict
  • Reacting appropriately to others when things do not go their way


  • Understanding non-verbal cues
  • Facial expressions
  • Body language
  • Using and understanding emotions
  • Showing compassion


  • Recognizing friendships
  • Sustaining friends

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