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Help your child make friends

Social skills are not instinctive, they are a learned skill.

Children are observant and learn best by example. They also learn from each other. And the next best place to learn is in a stimulating, controlled environment with highly qualified therapists to mentor, teach and lead.

Even for parents of children that are not on the Spectrum,

there is no such thing as a normal child.

Violet Stevens, Mom

Communication is an art. Our friend-finder program mentors in a carefully monitored environment.
Why friend finder?

Making friends is a significant part of growing up for all children.

We understand that it can be difficult for children who are disabled to assimilate and feel like they belong.

Schools and organisations alike are becoming more responsive to inclusion and bullying, but it is still a hurdle that many find difficult to overcome in.

Although community attitudes are changing and understanding incapacity, it lacks opportunities for children with disabilities to make real connections. Friend Finder is a chance to make connections with somebody like them. Somebody who understands. Somebody who gets it. Friend Finder is an opportunity to grow, learn and make friends in a carefully monitored, stimulating environment.

Everybody deserves this opportunity.

Communication is an art. Our friend-finder program mentors in a carefully monitored environment.
Mutual friendships?

Friendships that are built on shared interests, similar capabilities, or have shared similar difficulties. Where children can relate to one another. A chance to build mutual reciprocal friendships. Where they are equal partners and feel valued for who they are as individuals, rather than cared for or having someone looking out for them.

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Carers can relate 

It's an opportunity for parents in similar situations to speak with someone else, either facing similar difficulties or have been through similar things before.

  • Mutual understanding of what the trials of raising or supporting a child with a disability can be.
  • Having someone to share your experiences with.
  • Watching your children grow and be happy during this special time.
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Be supported: An opportunity for your child to learn the complexities of communication and grow.

Are you worried that your child might not be able to cope or navigate the complex path of friendship successfully?

We are here to support you. There is the option to have ongoing trained professional guidance around developing and navigating social difficulties to form sustainable peer relationships.

Someone who can:

  • Understand and create support strategies for things that are difficult.
  • Develop supports to overcome potential barriers such as communication or sensory processing difficulties - no matter the perceived barrier, there is always a pathway to successful friendship building.
  • Complete assessment and observation of specific skills to enhance future social interactions.
  • Listen and provide guidance around specific concerns.

If you'd like to read more about what our play-therapy program has to offer and how it is beneficial, you can read this article here. Likewise, we have a quick 2 minute read on our posts page which explains a little more about why we decided to incorporate Friend-Finder into the program. You'll find the post here. 

Why having friends is so beneficial
  • Spending time with friends increases happy hormones and reduces stress
  • Promotes language and social etiquette and communication skills
  • Instils self-confidence and self-worth
  • Creates a sense of belonging
Contact us to find out about our terms and conditions if you choose to use this service

Let's be clear, this is not a dating service, a match making service or a social media group. Our friend finder group is simple and very carefully vetted by industry professionals who work with you to find compatible, like-minded or similar personalities and disabilities for to build a friendship. It is a place where you can speak candidly with each other, share milestones, development, progress and of course setbacks and how you overcame them. It's all about problem solving and friendship.

I want to have a friend that understands me, someone that knows what it\'s like to have a disability.

LACHIE D

10 years, ASD

It's another well-needed outlet for carers and parents to speak casually with someone else who is going through the same thing!

PLAY-BASED LEARNING

IS SO MUCH BETTER

Help your child further develop skills such as turn-taking, empathy and understanding social pragmatics.

MAKE CONTACT
WITH US

MAKE CONTACT
WITH US

MAKE CONTACT
WITH US

MANAGE EMOTIONS

Children learn from each other how to express and manage emotions

LEARN TO FIND THEMSELVES

Courage to be themselves and embrace and value themselves for who they are

CONFLICT NEGOTIATION

Promotes skill development such as problem-solving and negotiating through conflicts

Play-based teaching is great for kids - they learn from other new ways of speaking, and listening to each other. The ability to communicate with others properly helps build confidence in your child.

PLAY BASED LEARNING

Everyday play provides the perfect background for your child to learn without realising it. They learn skills such as sharing,  listening and co-operation. We all become better human beings when we know how to take turns and respond to the needs of others genuinely.

PLAY BASED LEARNING

Play-based teaching is great for kids - they learn from other new ways of speaking, and listening to each other. The ability to communicate with others properly helps build confidence in your child.

PLAY BASED LEARNING

Everyday play provides the perfect background for your child to learn without realising it. They learn skills such as sharing,  listening and co-operation. We all become better human beings when we know how to take turns and respond to the needs of others genuinely.

PLAY BASED LEARNING

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WE ARE BUILDING STRONG CONNECTIONS AND FORMING PARTNERSHIPS WITH LEADING ORGANISATIONS TO BRING A QUALITY OF CARE THAT IS AS UNIQUE AS YOU ARE

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