Scott is 8 years old, has autism, and has been participating in the TWP program for three years. During Scott's first summer using TWP services, he participated at the Leisure Services T- Ball program, a 12-week program that met 2 times per week. Dad was not sure that this was going to be a great idea. He thought that it would be too hard for Scott, but Mom really wanted to give it a try. She really wanted Scott to have the same opportunities as his brother to participate in fun activities. The first week of t-ball was really tough for Scott. He would not let the companion come near him and he cried during the t-ball game. His younger brother, Brian, was also on the same team and was doing just great. In the second week, things got a little better for Scott. While he was on his mom's lap, Scott would let the companion sit next to him, and by the third week, Scott and his companion were throwing the ball back and forth to each other. The fifth and sixth weeks turned out to be even better he would go out on the field and play for part of the time with his teammates. By the end of the season, Scott was on the field with the other kids playing the game. His companion assisted him in running the bases and knowing where to stand when batting. The subsequent summer, Scott was signed up for the same program. He was really timid at first, and on the first night there were a few tears and a lot of sitting down on the field, but each night got better and better for Scott. By the middle of this summer, the companion was only there to help Scott know where to stand when hitting and to assist him in knowing which bases to run to. At the end of the summer, the companion was not needed except for encouragement and Scott was able to participate fully with his peers. In Scott's third summer using TWP services, Scott's parents signed him up for coach pitch softball. The first day was AWESOME. He met his companion and introduced him to his mom as his new friend. The companion assisted Scott in getting to know his teammates and with fielding and hitting. By the third week of this third summer, Scott was doing great and needed his companion less and less. By the middle of the summer, no companion was needed. This is an example of the benefits of the Together We Play program (Scholl, Drieser, et al., 2005).