The Friendship Program – Interpersonal Skills Group for Children

The Friendship Program – Interpersonal Skills Group for Children

 The Friendship Program

The Friendship Program is a successful 10-week program designed for children in elementary school who have difficulty making and/or keeping friends. During each group session children learn a new skill, practice with group members, receive coaching on their play and interpersonal skills and are given a homework assignment to further develop their new skills. Parents attend a concurrent group and will learn how to help their children make and keep friends by using the skills we teach in our program. Parents also love the support and resources they receive from other parents in the group.

To more effectively meet the needs of each child, the Friendship program offers two groups, one for children ages 7 – 9, and another for those ages 10 – 12. For older children/teens, see the PEERS Program.

Groups are held on Thursday evenings from 5:15 to 6:15 pm. Regular attendance and parent involvement are required.

The cost of the Friendship program is $50 for the screening appointment to discuss expectations about the group and ensure the group is a good fit for your child.  Attendence is $300 for the 10 session program ($30 per/week), which includes both child and parent classes. Insurance is not billed for the program.

Your child will learn:

  • Conversational skills
  • How to make a good first impression
  • 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 adult supervisors


To read more about the group, see the UCLA Semel Institute website.   If you’d like to sign up for the group, contact Kelly at 501-812-4268.

Click here for the Friendship Program Flyer.

IMG_0340 This accompanying guide my also prove helpful for parents of children this age with difficulties making and keeping friends.

Friends Forever: How Parents Can Help Their Kids Make and Keep Friends. By Fred Frankel, PhD

Its available at



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