Recently I was introduced to the concept of circle of friends a concept that intrigued me and then later the kind of upset me.
The Basics of the Concept
Basically, the idea is that the child’s current supports, teachers parents and other professionals, in trying to create a sense of normal friendships for the child in question approach the child’s peers and explain what life is like for that child and then ask who wants to be a part of the child’s circle of friends (this is all done with the child’s consent and knowledge but not child present at first) The idea is to have a group of circle of friends meet once a week with an adult there to help discussions about brain storming etc. of social activities behavioral issues and other concerns of what the child in question and their peers. The child in question is present for all these meetings the idea is to use these as the basis to build upon friendships.
Why This Upsets Me
Having been that child once I was always keenly aware when the adults around me were trying to force social interaction from my peers. The friends I have, were not forced but naturally developed over time. I understand that circle of friends is to help start the friendships but it feels extremely forced me and had been given an opportunity as a child I’m not sure how I wouldn’t responded but as the adult I am now, looking back that probably would reject the concept for myself.
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