Friendship might feel like an inspired moment, but there is SCIENCE to friend making! The Science of Friendship is a simple series of steps to help kids of all abilities build friendships.
Research shows that solid friendships help us live longer, happier lives. Friendship is also the best way to help children feel included and successful.
The National Inclusion Project has created a model that builds inclusive friendships for all children, so no one sits on the sidelines. With the Science of Friendship, practitioners in recreation, camp and after school settings create an environment where friendship blooms. It’s a powerful position, but we know you can do it!
While there is no way to “force” a relationship, the Science of Friendship improves the possibility that a connection can be forged between children.
Sometimes, children with disabilities have a hard time making friends quickly. When they are not included in play activities, everyone misses out – both children with disabilities and children who are typically developing. Inclusion is the most effective way to help any child feel like he/she belongs.
The Science of Friendship is easily adaptable, and has helped kids in a variety of situations make friends and feel included. It has been successfully used in YMCA programs, Boys and Girls Clubs, parks and recreation departments, Jewish Community Centers, privately-run camps, children’s museums, and zoos in a mix of urban, suburban, and rural areas across the country.
Read more about the Science of Friendship:
- Download and discover the Science of Friendship
- Research and Resources
- Join the Inclusion Exchange – Networking Group for Inclusion Practitioners
- Inclusion Toolbox:
- Register for our Power of Play Inclusion Conference – March 30-31, 2017 to gain the latest in inclusive methods and network with others in the field
- Partner Package – some tools to help your co-workers and parents understand the power of friendship – some sample website content, emails and social content
- Want a more hands on approach to help you be more inclusive? Click here to learn more about our trainings and becoming a partner.