Boosting Peer Play: How to Support Interactions in Early Childhood Settings

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ASHA CEUs   This session is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Arena)

Format: Recorded video
Access: 30 days unlimited

Course Overview

From the age of three, children in early childhood settings begin to interact more with their peers than they do with their educators. This means that much of their cognitive, language and social skills learning happens during peer interaction. They get to practice taking turns in conversation, using their vocabulary, negotiating, collaborating, sharing and problem-solving.

But what about the children who tend to play alone or watch from the sidelines? Children who are frequently left out of interactions miss important opportunities to practice their developing skills, build their confidence and make friends.

Whether you work directly with children in early childhood settings, or consult to educators who work in those settings, you will come away from this e-Seminar with evidence-based ideas to:

  • Encourage and support peer interaction by making strategic changes in classroom set-up and using specific interaction techniques.
  • Raise the profile of children who are more isolated so that they are more likely to be included in interactions.
  • Become more intentional and strategic in the way you support peer play in order to make the biggest difference for all children.


  • Template Action Plan – You’ll receive a fillable Action Plan to identify individual children’s interaction level and plan strategies to support their interaction.  
  • Guided support to complete the plan – By the end of the e-seminar, you will have a completed Action Plan to try with a child. This could be a child you work with directly, or a child in a program you’re consulting to.
  • Real-life video examples – You’ll watch videos of children at different levels and analyze examples of educators putting the strategies into action.

Learning Objectives

After completing this e-Seminar, you will be able to:

  1. Explain why peer interaction is important for children’s development.
  2. List the skills children need to interact successfully with peers and why peer interaction can be challenging.
  3. Identify children’s level of social involvement with their peers and plan for next steps.
  4. List guidelines for setting up the classroom to support peer interaction.
  5. Identify strategies to initiate and sustain peer interaction.

Professional Development Hours

  • This session is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Arena)
  • 2 professional development hours

What Participants Have Said…

"The videos provided excellent opportunities to observe and better understand conversation styles of children, view strategies being put in place [and see] alternate options for response in play when a plan goes awry and outcomes in the moment."

"I consult at a preschool and now have specific information to share with teachers about supporting the children who don't interact with their peers."

"The video clips really helped see what did or didn't work, and the subsequent discussions helped clarify why and what could have been done differently."


Presenter Info

Financial: Helen Livshits, M.H.Sc., Reg. CASLPO, is a
Speech-Language Pathologist and Director of Early Childhood Education Services at The Hanen Centre. Helen is the presenter of this e-Seminar and participated in its development. She offers Hanen Programs to parents and educators and contributes to the development of various programs and resources at The Hanen Centre. The Hanen Centre holds the copyright to all the materials produced at the centre and Helen receives no financial benefit from the sale of these materials.

Non Financial: No other relevant non-financial relationships exist.


  • Professionals who work directly with children (3-5 years old) in early childhood settings, or who consult to educators in those settings.
  • Students preparing to work in early childhood settings.
This e-Seminar includes information from the Hanen Programs Learning Language and Loving It™ and Teacher Talk™ C — Fostering Peer Interaction in Early Childhood Settings. For educators who have attended either of these programs, a significant portion of the e-Seminar will be a review.

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Related Resources

You’ll find additional ideas to support peer interaction in our comprehensive guidebook, Learning Language and Loving It™ – A Guide to Promoting Children’s Social, Language, & Literacy Development in Early Childhood Settings.

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