What are friends and why do we need them? How do we talk to our friends and how do we listen to what they have to say? What is peer pressure and how do we deal with it?
Many children identify friendships as being a vital part of achieving emotional well-being, but some children experience difficulties both initiating and maintaining friendships. This fun and accessible programme contains detailed instructions and photocopiable handouts for teaching children about friendship. The book combines group activities, individual work, homework exercises and games, and will be especially useful for groups containing children with developmental and social difficulties, such as ADHD or autism. Developed in an inclusive classroom, this programme will arm children with useful strategies to deal with difficult situations such as negative peer pressure and conflict.
What is Friendship? is ideally suited for use with children aged 7-11, but can be adapted for younger children or older children with developmental difficulties. It includes all the resources required to facilitate the programme and can be delivered by any professional involved in the education or care of children.
Pamela Day is a senior child and adolescent primary mental health practitioner for Wakefield District Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, and has over 20 years' experience in the field of mental health. Pamela is involved in training universal services (all those working with children and young people) in the identification and management of child and adolescent mental health issues.
Introduction. 1: What is a Friend? Introduction. Ground Rules. What is a Friend? Who are our friends? Conclusion and homework: How do we make friends? 2: How do we Choose our Friends? Introduction and review of homework. What do we look for in a friend? Conclusion and homework: How do our friends help us? How do we help our friends? 3: How do we Communicate with our Friends? Introduction and review of homework. How do we talk to our friends? How do we listen to our friends? How do we use our bodies to show that we are listening? Conclusion and homework: What can stop us listening? 4: How do we Resolve Conflicts? Introduction and review of homework. Why do we have conflict? What can we do about conflict? How do we deal with conflict? Conclusion and homework: Conflict questionnaire. 5: How do we Deal with Peer Pressure? Introduction and review of homework. What is peer pressure? Who makes our decisions? Positive and negative peer pressure. How do we deal with negative peer pressure? Conclusion:Preparing to say goodbye. 6: What have we learnt? Introduction. Who are our friends? As decided by the group. Friendship pie. Conclusion and Goodbyes. Appendix: Extension and ideas. Handouts.