PEERS Programs

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

The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is world-renowned for providing evidence-based social skills treatment to preschoolers, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, and other socio-emotional problems. This program has been developed to help neurotypical and neurodiverse individuals make and maintain social relationships in all aspects of their lives. Blooming Therapies Ltd will be running PEERS Programs starting January 2023 onward with continuous start dates throughout the year. Book now as spots are filling up fast!

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.

Programs will be held for:

Preschool ages: Help your child develop the necessary play skills to allow them to develop and maintain peer relationships in the classroom setting and into their personal/family lives.

School-aged kids: Help your school aged kids learn to relate to their peers on a variety of levels and give them the skills to make and maintain friendships at school, extracurricular activities, friendships outside school and into their personal/family lives.

Adolescents: Help your teen overcome the challenges of maintaining relationships in the fast pace of their developing social lives. Your youth will learn how to relate to others, even with dissimilar interests and give them the skills to broaden their scope of interactions. Minimize the impact of social media stressors and related anxiety by building the necessary skills to be confident in their social relationships. Included topics are based on working relationships, dating, academic and extracurricular activities.

Young Adult: Help the young adults in your family to solidify social skills needed to maintain working, adult, personal and family relationships. Young adulthood can be some of the most stressful and anxiety inducing times in life and helping to boost confidence and social emotional awareness can help elevate their quality of networks.

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

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