Children’s Friendship Training (CFT)

Children’s Friendship Training (CFT) is a specialized program designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) aimed at enhancing their social skills and ability to form meaningful friendships. Over the course of 12 weeks, participants will engage in interactive, skill-building group sessions that focus on the fundamental aspects of social interaction and friendship.


The program utilizes proven strategies to enhance social skills and friendship-building capabilities among children Each session introduces a new skill, offering participants the opportunity to role-play and practice these skills in a supportive environment.

Program Details:

  • Start Date: Friday March 22, 2024
  • Duration: 12-week program
  • Frequency: Once a week on Fridays
  • Time: 3:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Format: In-person group sessions
  • Group Size: Limited to 6-8 children to ensure personalized attention and an optimal learning environment

Eligibility:

  • Age range: 10 – 12 years of age
  • Be able to participate in a group with 5-7 other children.
  • Advanced conversation skills: can hold a back and forth conversation, ask questions, make comments and understand others
  • Not engage in challenging or harmful behavior towards self or others (e.g., non-compliance, aggression towards others, self-injurious behavior, throwing objects, etc.)
  • Have a caregiver available to attend the parent sessions; Last 30 minutes of each session, focusing on skill generalization into home and school settings
  • Can play turn taking and simple board games
  • Shows interest in making friends and playing with peers

Instructors:

Our team consists of two dedicated ABA Instructor Therapists, under the guidance of a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

What to Expect:

Children will learn a variety of social skills, including:

  • Making a good first impression
  • Engaging in advanced conversations
  • Demonstrating sportsmanship
  • Arranging and hosting playdates
  • Resolving conflicts peacefully
  • Handling rejection, teasing, and bullying with resilience
  • Showing respect towards peers and adults
  • Managing competitive situations positively

By the end of the program, participants will have acquired a comprehensive toolkit of social skills, from initiating interactions and maintaining conversations to resolving conflicts and understanding the nuances of friendship. Our goal is for each child to leave CFT with newfound confidence in their social abilities.

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