Friendly facts: program to help children explore the complexities of friends and friendship

Carter, Margaret, and Santomauro, Josie (2014) Friendly facts: program to help children explore the complexities of friends and friendship. In: Corona, Felice, (ed.) Special Educational Needs. Aracne Editrice, Rome, pp. 139-151.

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Making friends and getting along with others is a big part of childhood. Yet, for children with an autism spectrum disorder, making and keeping friends is not a simple process. These children need to be intentionally taught in developmentally appropriate, respectful and supportive environments on how to be a friend, how to make and to keep friendships.

This parent/educator-assisted Friendly Facts interactive program is written for children 7-11 years of age, a period when friendships are becoming increasingly complex and a lack of peer acceptance and friendship is all the more obvious and challenging. Through a variety of educational activities that appeal to different learning styles, children are scaffolded in their learning as parents/educators teach children the major tenets of making and keeping friends. As such, co-construction and active engagement as learners guides children's friendship development.

Item ID: 45324
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-88-548-7457-2
Keywords: friendship, autistic spectrum disorder, social understanding, social skills, parent/educator-assisted
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2016 04:43
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939907 Special Needs Education @ 100%
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