PEERS® focuses on teaching and practicing the skills for making and keeping friendships.
It is an evidence-based (proven to be effective) social skills treatment for youth with:
- autism spectrum disorder (ASD),
- attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),
- depression, and
- other socio-emotional problems
We provide the full 16 week program to ensure its effectiveness.
For more information about PEERS®, please see the University of California, Los Angeles Semel Insitute.
Who is this group for?
- Interested in learning how to form and keep friendships
- With average language and communication ability
- Who have a social coach able to attend consistently and support the teen through the week (e.g., parent, older sibling, behaviour interventionist, respite worker, group home staff)
What will my pre-teen/teen learn?
- How to develop and maintain friendships
- How to enter and exit conversations
- About electronic communication
- How to use humour appropriately
- Organizing and hosting get-togethers
- Handling teasing, rejection, and bullying
- How to be a good sport
- Conversational skills
- How to handle disagreements
- How to change a reputation, as well as
- Basic skills in managing social anxiety and nerves
What is the fee for this group?
This 16 week group PEERS® social skills group is $1500. Families are encouraged to connect with the Autism Funding Unit (AFU) and to look into possible coverage through any extended benefits they may have. For those who need it, we offer sliding scale. Please let us know if this is something you require.
To register for PEERS®, please book a Zoom intake call in our calendar.
Friendships are like flowers. They make life beautiful, and require tending and care.
– Sarah Welton