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The Friendship Club: An After‐School Program for Children With Asperger Syndrome

Carter, Crystal BS; Meckes, Linnley BS; Pritchard, Lindsey BS; Swensen, Samantha BS; Wittman, Peggy Prince EdD, OTR/L; Velde, Beth PhD, OTR/L

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Abstract

The Friendship Club is a program designed and implemented by occupational therapy students and faculty to help teach children, ages 8–15, activities related to friendship and skills necessary to maintain friends. The program, a joint effort between university partners, a local parent support group, and a local Rotary Club that provided funding, was deemed successful by participants, parents, and leaders. This article reviews the interdisciplinary development of the club, the program, and its outcomes. Recommendations for the group's continuation are supported by feedback obtained from participants and their parents.

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

 

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