In our view, groupwork in the early years provides an opportunity for developing sensory integration, motor skills, play, communication and social skills. It also o enables us to identify underlying reasons for behavioural issues and to advise parents and carers on appropriate management strategies. In older children, groups can also target self/other awareness (including learning about ASD and what the diagnosis means to each individual), understanding emotions, promoting independent living and developing coping strategies. All of these areas are intrinsically entwined. Therefore, in order to maximise a child’s learning potential and social/emotional wellbeing they should be targeted as a whole and within a social context.