The Friend 2 Friend Autism Demystification® programs were created to promote understanding, acceptance and empathy between children with autism and their peers and siblings. These evidence-based programs use a systematic approach to educate both individuals with autism and their peer groups and teach prosocial communication strategies to enhance peer social inclusion, play and friendships.
Unlike “awareness” activities that identify and label individuals with autism creating an “us and them” atmosphere, the Friend 2 Friend Autism Demystification® Programs NEVER single out or identify any one individual on the autism spectrum. Instead, the programs focus on fostering an understanding that we are all different in our own way and on teaching prosocial communication strategies to enhance peer social interactions, reducing feelings of isolation and reducing bullying. Our Autism Demystification® programs are evidence-based and kid tested for more than 15 years worldwide.
Autism Demystification® Puppet Program
Friend 2 Friend Guides visit schools and other inclusive community settings to deliver this unique and innovative 45-minute program to children ages 3-11 (preschool-grade 4). The program consists of six learning opportunities, pre-program materials including an educator’s handbook and Social Story™ to prepare the class, as well as, follow up materials including our colouring storybook and children’s stickers.
Booking Information: Cost for programs is $200 per program (2 classes or 50 children per program). The program takes approximately 45 minutes. The team will require a room to present in usually a library, music room, empty classroom or portable is best. Before registering for the programs please review the educator’s handbook provided.
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