The Special Friends program helps children in kindergarten through third grade who may be in danger of developing behavioral problems. Oftentimes such children may:
- Be extra shy or withdrawn
- Be easily distracted or overactive
- Have low self-confidence
- Be aggressive or “acting out”
- Have experienced a significant or traumatic life event
Using a simple question and answer session, trained staff at primary schools are able to identify students who might benefit from participating in this program. With parents’ permission, program staff conduct one-on-one play sessions that help the children grow socially and emotionally, become more effective learners, and get along more successfully with their peers in school.
The program also provides education to parents and teachers regarding behavioral problems and effective ways to handle them.
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