Friendship might look like an inspired moment, but there’s a science to planting the seeds that encourage connections to bloom.
The National Inclusion Project has created a model that builds inclusive friendships for all children, called the Science of Friendship. This is a step-by-step guide we have been developing since 2003, 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 disabilities and typically developing children to make connections and build friendships. While there is no way to “force” a relationship, the Science of Friendships improves the possibility that a connection can be forged between children.