Friendship connection helps kids connect with others

By on February 2, 2011

MAPLE PARK—Do you know someone who could benefit from a social skills group? Blazing Prairie Stars, a therapy barn in Maple Park, is offering a Friendship Connection program to give a leg-up to children who struggle in their relationships with others. There are currently openings for new children.

Friendship skills can be learned through practice and reinforcement, and the Friendship Connection groups do just that. An array of activities and games with horses have been designed by the therapy staff and the horse professionals at Blazing Prairie Stars. These activities create learning opportunities that focus on skills such as listening, following directions, empathy and dealing with frustration.

Being able to develop and maintain positive relationships with family, peers and trustworthy adults is a strong predictor of a child’s future success. In addition, friends are a vital part of a full and satisfying life. Friendship Connection helps show children the skills needed to be a friend, make a friend and keep a friend.

Friendship Connection participants are grouped by age, gender and skill level. Sessions are facilitated by a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist/LCPC and a certified horse professional. Children attend a minimum of eight sessions.

The program is open to children from ages 6 to 15 and is now accepting applications. For more information, call Blazing Prairie Stars at (630) 365-5550. Financial assistance may be available for those who qualify.