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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


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.

From the Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina.

Authors are listed alphabetically indicating they made equal contributions to this article.

Corresponding author: Peggy Prince Wittman, EdD, OTR/L, Occupational Therapy Department, East Carolina University, 306 Belk Building, Greenville, NC 27858 (e-mail:

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