Science of Friendship


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.

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