PEERS® for Adolescents is a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens in middle and high school who are interested in learning new ways of making and keeping friends.
This internationally acclaimed program, used in over 35 countries, was originally developed at UCLA by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson.
During each group session, teens are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during socialisation activities. Parents attend separate sessions at the same time and are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends by helping to expand their teen’s social network and providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialisation homework assignments.
PEERS® may be appropriate for teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression or other social and behavioural disorders. Parent participation is required.
Here are some of the valuable things your Teens will learn when they attend PEERS for Adolescents:
- Use appropriate conversational skills
- Use humour appropriately
- Use electronic communication
- Enter & exit conversations
- Be a good host during get-togethers
- Be a good sport
- Handle arguments and disagreements
- Change a bad reputation
- Handle rumours and gossip
- Handle rejection, teasing and bullying
PEERS for Adolescents social skills program includes;
- 16 ninety minute training sessions in small personalised groups for teens
- 16 ninety minute training sessions in small personalised group for parents
- A PEERS Certified Speech-Language Pathologist Leading both the teen and parent programs
- A pre-program interview for both adolescent and parents