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Friendship and Disability: Why It Is Important to Make Friends

There are some things in life that make us more alike than others. The psychological benefits of having long-term friendships is definitely one of them. It doesn’t matter if you have friends with cerebral palsy, autism, or no developmental disabilities at all. A common interest can create a lifelong bond that will help you in…

Social Skills and Autism: Step-by-Step Guide to Making Friends

While it seems as though making friends as a kid is just easy-peasy, there are still some basic skills that children must learn in order to make a real friendship. Being friends is more than just sitting next to each other in school, at lunch, or playing on the same piece of equipment at the…

Finding & Encouraging Friendships: Adults with Cerebral Palsy

Friendships can really make life worth living. Even when bad things happen, emotions are all over the place, and disappointments occur, friends can help make you feel better about yourself and your situation. Studies have been done concerning friendship and depression. It proved that encouraging friendships and building lifelong relationships is the real key to…

How to Make the Transition from Virtual to Real Life Friends

Social networking, online discussion boards, apps, and other technology-driven platforms often provide people with the opportunity to make what are known as virtual friendships. But what if you want your virtual friends to become real-life friends? How do you go about making the transition? It can be even more challenging for individuals who have difficulties…

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Merry Christmas and thank you!

Happy Holiday Season! All Friends Network has now grown to over 80 members. All use the AFN Live~Link, our online neighborhood. We are also holding in-person events and have many planned for 2022. Again. thank you from the bottom of my heart. Merry Christmas, Trevor and the team.

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Move Away from the Computer: How to Make Friends in Real Life

The internet is a wonderful and amazing place that offers so many opportunities to people from all walks of life to chat with like-minded individuals and build lifelong friendships. However, learning social skills on a computer or mobile device is one thing, but putting those techniques into action at real life events is another. Don’t…

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Friendship and Disability: Working Toward Independent Living

Learning how to make and keep friendships is something that we all need more of in our lives. However, for people who have disabilities, including small children, young adults, and mature individuals, making and keeping friendships can be a challenge. While the benefits of friendship and disability can be seen in the confidence and growth…

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Autistic Friends Network: Find Opportunities to Make Friends

Communication is one of the most frustrating aspects of autism for many people. It is essential to develop socialization skills and find opportunities to make friends in order to be successful. As a young person who is still in school, the options for making friends can be significantly greater than they are after graduation. Whether…

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Positive Effects of Friendship & Depression on Adults with CP

Most people view cerebral palsy as a physical disability and don’t understand the way it can affect a person mentally and emotionally. Adults with cerebral palsy will frequently have other developmental disabilities as well, such as autism, which is a social-communication disorder that can make building friendships and sharing emotions with others even more challenging.…

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Making Friends with Cerebral Palsy for Children and Adults

Learning how to make friends when we are children can be much easier than what is required as an adult. However, regardless of your age, making friends with cerebral palsy can be a real challenge. The primary basis for kids is having someone that you can play with, either outdoors at a playground or indoors…