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Thunder Bay Children's Friendship Training Fall 2017

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Communities Together for Children

425 North Edward Street

Northwood Park Plaza Suite 11

Thunder Bay, ON P7C 4P7

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Social Skills Group

Children’s Friendship Training is an evidence based, group format, parent assisted social skills intervention for children ages 8–12.

10 Week program starting Thursday Sept 14th, 2017

From 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Children’s Friendship Training is an evidence based, group format, parent assisted social skills intervention for children ages 8–12. It has been proven effective with verbal children who have high functioning Autism. 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.

Children’s Friendship Training is a 10 week, evidence based social skills intervention for motivated children who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. During each 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 taught how to assist their children in making and keeping friends by providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization 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 play date
  • How to be a good winner
  • How to be a good sport
  • How to show respect to adults
  • How to make phone- calls to friends

What are the participation requirements?

  • Child must have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Have difficulties establishing and / or maintaining friendships
  • Child must have verbal communication skills
  • Child must be able to participate in a group setting without additional support beyond that provided within the program.
  • Demonstrates emerging social skills (interest in engaging with peers, attempts to verbally communicate, manages emotions in a non-aggressive way) and an interest in building relationships with same aged peers
  • Children must be between 8 to 12 years of age.
  • Children must be interested in attending the program
  • Both the child and 1 designated parent must commit to attending the entire

10 week program (consideration will be given if someone is ill)

NOTE: Supervision of children/youth at this Social Learning Opportunity is the sole responsibility of parents/guardians and caregivers; childcare will not be provided.

Due to allergies and sensitivities, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, aftershave, or scented products such as hairspray or lotion.

This event is sponsored by Autism Ontario’s Potential Programme, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Children & Youth Services and Autism Ontario Thunder Bay Chapter

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