PEERS Programs

Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS Program)

Online PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) is a 13-16 week social skills program that teaches middle and high school students (grades 7—12), with social defecits such as ADHD, Anxiety and high functioning Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, to make and keep friends.

 

Created by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson and her colleagues at UCLA, the PEERS program is the only evidence-based social skills intervention for adolescents and young adults that has resulted in significant gains in knowledge and use of social skills.

PEERS is taught weekly in small-group settings, using techniques including:

 

  • didactic instruction 
  • modeling 
  • coaching 
  • behavioral rehearsal 
  • performance feedback
  • weekly homework assignments supported by parents/ caregivers.

Online PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) is a 13-16 week social skills program that teaches middle and high school students (grades 7—12), with social defecits such as ADHD, Anxiety and high functioning Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, to make and keep friends.

 

Created by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson and her colleagues at UCLA, the PEERS program is the only evidence-based social skills intervention for adolescents and young adults that has resulted in significant gains in knowledge and use of social skills.

PEERS is taught weekly in small-group settings, using techniques including:

 

  • didactic instruction 
  • modeling 
  • coaching 
  • behavioral rehearsal 
  • performance feedback
  • weekly homework assignments supported by parents/ caregivers.

Parents… We want you involved too!

Parent participation is a vital component of the PEERS model. Weekly parent groups, run by a trained facilitator, teach caregivers to learn how to be effective social coaches for their child. Parents will help their child complete weekly assignments (e.g. phoning a friend, hosting a get-together, etc).

Program Topics

 

Topics include how to:

  • Use appropriate conversation skills
  • Find common interests by trading information
  • Appropriately use humor
  • Enter and exit conversations between peers
  • Handle rejection, teasing, and bullying
  • Be a good host during get-togethers
  • Make phone calls to friends
  • Choose appropriate friends
  • Be a good sport
  • Handle arguments and disagreements
  • Change a bad reputation

Program Topics

 

Topics include how to:

  • Use appropriate conversation skills
  • Find common interests by trading information
  • Appropriately use humor
  • Enter and exit conversations between peers
  • Handle rejection, teasing, and bullying
  • Be a good host during get-togethers
  • Make phone calls to friends
  • Choose appropriate friends
  • Be a good sport
  • Handle arguments and disagreements
  • Change a bad reputation

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