Children’s Friendship Training is a 10-week (plus pre and post assessment), evidence-based, group format, parent assisted social skills intervention for children ages 8 – 12. It has been proven effective with children with autism who demonstrate emerging social skills and want to make friends. This program was developed at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where it has been used and studied for over 20 years with more than 1,000 families.
This training is geared towards motivated children who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. During each 1 hour group session, children are taught crucial social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during role-play and play activities (e.g. sports, board games, etc.). Parents are concurrently taught how to assist their children in making and keeping friends by providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialisation homework assignments designed to build on skills practiced in the sessions.
Topics of Instruction:
- How to ‘play detective’ to find common interests
- How to join a group of kids at play
- How to handle rejection, teasing, and bullying
- How to be a good host on a playdate
- How to be a good sport
- How to show respect to adults
- Electronic communication ie phone and video call skills.
*Private hourly individual rate is $195. NDIS hourly individual rate is $193.99. Cost for the group Program of Support will average about $170 per hour including a complete customer experience tailored to your young persons' needs (break down of fee schedule to be provided upon enquiry).