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The FRIEND® Program for Creating Supportive Peer Networks for Students with Social Challenges, including Autism

The FRIEND® Program for Creating Supportive Peer Networks for Students with Social Challenges, including Autism

Sharman Ober-Reynolds, Christopher J. Smith and Lori Vincent, with Holly Sokol and Sheri S. Dollin

Quick Overview

With an emphasis on peer sensitivity and supportive environments, the FRIEND manual provides teachers with a wide variety of strategies to help school-aged children with social difficulties - such as attention deficit, anxiety, emotional or autism spectrum disorders - to successfully navigate social situations.
2019, Paperback / softback, 8.90in x 5.98in / 226mm x 152mm, 224pp
ISBN: 9781785926273

Availability: In stock



FRIEND is a social, communication and play-based program to help school-aged children with social challenges. All students deserve a positive school experience where they can reach their social and academic potential. However, this can prove difficult for students with challenges such as attention deficit, anxiety, or autism spectrum disorders, who may struggle daily with social situations. This manual provides everything educators need to support these students with their social skills in everyday situations, throughout their school years.

This program is designed to help any student with social challenges, no matter how subtle. For students without social challenges, it teaches tolerance, acceptance and understanding. The characteristics of successful social skills programs are described, with an emphasis on how FRIEND implements them through three key components: the Peer Sensitivity Curriculum, the FRIEND Lunch Program and the FRIEND Playground Program. These can be implemented individually or in any combination as a comprehensive program. Parents and family are offered information on working together with schools and implementing FRIEND strategies at home and in the community.

Emphasizing peer sensitivity, education and a supportive environment, FRIEND is for any educator wanting to create an inclusive and safe atmosphere for students to learn social skill-building strategies.


'FRIEND® strategies can make a world of difference for the isolated child. This book will be of great help to parents, teachers, and others who would like to help children socialize and support one another. A great asset to anyone who works with children with social challenges.'
- Lynn Kern Koegel, PhD, CCC-SLP, Clinical Professor, Stanford School of Medicine, Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) for Autism