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Thank you for your interest in the Science of Friendship. We hope you are finding it useful in your after-school programs, summer camps, and community-based activities.

As you use these simple steps in your activities, we want to give you some tools to help your download_pdfco-workers and parents understand the Science of Friendship as well. In this kit, we’ve included some sample website content, emails and social content to spread the word about the good work you are doing to encourage friendships.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Aron Hall, our Director of Programs.

 

For Your Co-Workers

Use these materials to help co-workers and your managers understand how important intentional friendship is for the children in your programs.

INTRODUCTION – Use in an internal email or at a staff meeting

Thanks to our friends at the National Inclusion Project, we’ve discovered the Science of Friendship. This step-by-step method helps adults connect children of all abilities to help them build friendships.

Sometimes, children with disabilities have a hard time making friends quickly. With the Science of Friendship, camp counselors and teachers can help guide children with and without disabilities into making connections and building friendships. While there is no way to “force” a relationship, the Science of Friendship improves the possibility that a connection can be forged between children.

We have a one-page handout for staff and parents, as well as access to additional resources at ScienceofFriendship.org.

Also, for staff members who are interested in learning more about inclusion and connecting with others who care about including all kids, the National Inclusion Project has launched the Inclusion Exchange. This professional networking group will help us expand our connections on inclusion. Visit InclusionExchange.org to JOIN for FREE and learn more!

 

For Your Parents

Use these materials to help parents discover the Science of Friendship and help them see the new connections that are forming.

INTRODUCTION – Use in an internal email or Parent announcement

Friendship might look like an inspired moment, but there’s a science to planting the seeds that encourage connections to bloom. Thanks to the National Inclusion Project, we’re using a new tool that helps build inclusive friendships for all children, called the Science of Friendship. This is a step-by-step guide, which helps adults connect children of all abilities to help them build friendships.

Sometimes, children with disabilities have a hard time making friends quickly. With the Science of Friendship, camp counselors and teachers can help guide children with and without disabilities into making connections and building friendships. While there is no way to “force” a relationship, the Science of Friendship improves the possibility that a connection can be forged between children.

Visit ScienceofFriendship.org to discover more about the Science of Friendship.

 

Web Content

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HEADLINE: The Science of Friendship

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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.

Since 2003, the National Inclusion Project has been creating 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.

Discover more about the Science of Friendship at ScienceofFriendship.org.

 

SOCIAL

Use these posts on your social channels to promote the Science of Friendship

We’re using the Science of Friendship – a step-by-step guide to help friendships bloom for your kids. Discover more at ScienceofFriendship.org

We believe in FRIENDSHIP! There is a proven method to improve the possibility that a friendship can be forged between two children. We’re using the Science of Friendship, learn more at ScienceofFriendship.org

The Science of Friendship has helped kids across the country make friends! It is a step-by-step guide to building friendships more easily. Learn more: ScienceofFriendship.org