Thank you the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc

Friend 2 Friend is very grateful that we are one of only two recipients in Canada to receive 2014 Grant from Friend 2 Friend is very grateful to announce we are one of only two recipients in Canada to receive 2014 Grant from the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism…//

Thank you to our wonderful partner the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism!

Thank you Unity for Autism

Thanks to Unity for Autism we are one step closer to our second play centre site!

Giving Tuesday Dec 2, 2014

Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday  how about GivingTuesday December 2, 2014.

It is a Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.

“We have two days that are good for the economy. Now we have a day that is good for the community too!"


Thank you Steve Nash Foundation!

Friend 2 Friend would like to thank the Steve Nash Foundation for their generous donation.

Steve Nash Foundation

Thank You North Shore Community Foundation!

Friend 2 Friend would like to thank the North Shore Community Foundation for their generous donation to our programs.

Join the Friend 2 Friend Team and Make a Change – Make a Difference

We are seeking an enthusiastic, highly compassionate and creative individual for the position of Play Guide in our Play Centre in East Vancouver. 

The Opportunity

Would you like to work for an organization that truly cares about children, families and their team?  If so, this may be the place for you.  As a Play Guide you will support the implementation of Friend 2 Friend Autism DemystificationÒ programs in school throughout the lower mainland, as well as and the Integrated Play GroupsÒ programs at our Play Centre in East Vancouver.  This is a wonderful opportunity to work with both typically developing children as well as children on the autism spectrum.  In this role you will assist in the set up of programs, aid in the creation of materials, provide scaffolding to players during the programs and create session notes.

This is an entry-level position with the opportunity to learn from a highly experienced team, and develop skills for advancing your career, all this, while participating in a program that is like no other in the world.

What you bring

Bring your exceptional communication and people skills along with your customer service heart to our team.  If you have a bachelor’s degree or working towards a graduate degree in a related field such as psychology, speech and language, occupational therapy and at least 1-3 years clinical experience working with children autism.

Successful candidates will have a current criminal record check and a current certificate in First Aid from an accredited organization.

To apply:

If you are interested in this opportunity send us an email including cover letter and resume prior to the closing date of November 18,2014 to  

‘Integrated Play Groups’ help children with autism




Thank you Face the World Foundation

We would like to thank Face the World Foundation for their generous donation to the Friend 2 Friend Play Centre in East Vancouver.


Dr. Pamela Wolfberg and co-investigators Mila DeWitt, Gregory S Young and Thanh Nguyen have published the results of a large-scale study – Integrated Play Groups: Promoting Symbolic Play and Social Engagement with Typical Peers in Children with ASD Across Settings – in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. This investigation was a part of a larger research project at San Francisco State University with the University of California, Berkeley funded by the advocacy organization Autism Speaks. For this study,

48 children (5 to 10 years) with ASD participated in a 12-week Integrated Play Groups intervention in a public after-school program. The IPG model is designed to provide intensive guidance for the children to engage in mutually enjoyed social play experiences in natural settings. The outcomes of this study revealed that the children with ASD made significant progress in symbolic and social play that generalized to free play settings with unfamiliar peers. The compelling results of this study speak to the need to expand efforts to support the inclusion of children with ASD in social play experiences with typical peers in high quality school and community-based IPG programs.  

Integrated Play Groups Conference 2015


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