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Kids Without Friends
Posted: November 6, 2019, 12:00am by Kathleen Nelson-Simley
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Kids Without Friends
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The Best, The Worst and The OK
How Does Your Own Behavior Influence Your Students’ Behavior
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Helping Your Parents Transition to Middle School With Their Student
Measuring Hope With Your Students
Creating a Ripple Effect of Hope With Your Students

I think I am like many of you. I know that understanding and addressing the needs of kids who don’t have friends – social isolates – is important. The challenge is where to start. If you feel a little stumped, take heart that there are many who feel the same way as you.

Friendships, belonging and acceptance grow in importance as kids move through adolescence. Their identity becomes defined by the group of friends they have. Spending time with friends provides opportunities for social interaction, information sharing, demonstration of values and reinforcement of behaviors important to the peer group. Sometimes we fear peer groups have a negative influence on adolescent behaviors; however, research and experience generally shows that, with the exception of getting high-risk kids together, the influence of peer groups is almost always positive.

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