Observe the child in a small group activity.
No elicitation is needed.
The child does acts of kindness to try to make friends (e.g., offers a handmade gift, shares a special item from home, offers food, or shares secrets).
Encourage parents to allow their child to make “friend” gifts, have a sleepover, and go to playdates. Friends are important. Support parents by letting them know that friends complement, they don’t replace, early childhood educators and parents in their hearts.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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