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Dear Graham Norton: 'How can we escape from play-date purgatory?'

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Dear Graham Norton: 'How can we escape from play-date purgatory?' Credit: Andrew Crowley/Alamy

Dear Graham

I have two daughters aged nine and eight, who often are not very supportive of each other, nor very close. We recently discovered that the younger daughter has dyspraxia, a neurological condition that makes life challenging for her at school, at home and with friends. It makes keeping up with her peers and their fast-moving games and conversations difficult, so more and more frequently she is being left out of group activities on the playground and in the classroom. However, she is a very sociable child and loves playing with other children when she gets the opportunity. We’re keen to encourage this and so I invite girls (nominated by my daughter) round to play after school.

One of these girls has a sister the same age as my older daughter. These two sisters were a lifeline when we moved back to the UK after a period abroad. Their parents were also very hospitable. But the two...

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