Providing Opportunities To Learn About Friendships
Helping students understand what and how healthy friendships look can be part of the transition planning process and a topic for discussion during IEP meetings. Team members can help:
- Connect students with other students outside of school
- Discuss how to work through challenging situations
- Create school events that include all students
- Teach students how to create healthy boundaries with peers
Looking For Friends? Consider Becoming A PYLN Member
Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN) is a network that is led and driven by inclusive organizations of youth and young adults with and without disabilities across Pennsylvania. PYLN supports students in their development of:
- Building Healthy Partnerships
- Acquiring Leadership Skills
- Connecting with other students with similar interests
The Power of Healthy Friendships
Having secure friendships:
There is no other joy than sharing time with friends. All students have the right to long lasting friendships and opportunities for social interaction.
Students who understand their own bodies, rights, and experiences may find it easier to communicate their needs and have them respected by others.
Given the different skill levels and interests of students, it is important to consider adaptations and modifications so children can participate in the same activity at the same time in the same place.
Provides a Sense of Belonging
Think about how the current interests of students can be shaped into something shared by peers. This is essential to provide maximum opportunities for friendship development and community.
The PA Community on Transition offers resources on a variety of topics, all focused on improving outcomes for students with disabilities.