Friend 2 Friend Autism Demystification® Model
was created by a parent of a child with autism. The model works to promote understanding, acceptance and empathy among children with autism and their peers. This evidence-based model uses a systematic approach to educate both individuals with autism and their peer groups in inclusive community settings.
The autism demystification model brings about a better understanding of neurodiversity by modeling, labeling, explaining, and normalizing characteristics of autism, while never singling out or identifying an individual with autism. Empathy is the key to friendships and is one of the ultimate goals of the programs and the model.
The autism demystification model also provides participants with concrete tools such as, “The Seven Friendship Tips”. These prosocial communication strategies enhance social interactions between individuals with autism and their peers.
The model has been “kid-tested” since 2002 with over 200,000 children throughout BC participating in the program. With countless more through our satellite partners and publications worldwide.