Friendship Circles facilitate the development of friendships between children with developmental delays and disabilities and their peers in the elementary schools of Phelps County. CKF staff works with school counselors to identify children with disabilities who have difficulty making friends. Then, 3-4 peers of the target child are selected by classroom teachers to complete the Circle. Students meet with the facilitator twice a month to take part in fun activities. Crafts or games are selected to highlight the target child’s strengths. The facilitator models friendship skills and gently guides the target student in skill development.
Friendship Circles are available in the following Phelps County schools: Edgar Springs, St. James Elementary, Newburg Elementary, Truman Elementary, Mark Twain Elementary, Wyman Elementary, and Rolla Middle School.