The Fun FRIENDS Program was developed by Dr Paula Barrett to help guide the social and emotional development of children aged 4 to 7 by using fun, play-based group activities. Fun FRIENDS nurtures the child’s development by teaching them to engage resilience early on, encouraging them to thrive and smoothly transition into school life.
The group activities where children learn new skills are crucial to the success of the Fun FRIENDS program. These evidence-based, play-focused activities equip children with these foundational resilience skills in a way that can be easily grasped, understood and used in everyday life:
After undertaking Fun FRIENDS, parents and teachers may notice the following changes in a child:
The secret to the Fun FRIENDS Program is the group activities that help children to learn new skills. There are a number of different evidence-based play-focused activities, which help teach the following skills to participants in a way that can be easily grasped, understood and used in everyday life:
The structure of the Fun FRIENDS Program is a 5-session course. Each session takes between 2-2.5 hours, depending on the activities chosen by the facilitator. To help participants remember the FRIENDS concepts, and to bring structure to the sessions, we use the following FRIENDS acronym:
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