The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) was originally developed by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, Founder and Director of the UCLA PEERS® Clinic, and Dr. Fred Frankel in 2005.
PEERS® is a social skills intervention, the programme runs for 16 weeks, for young people who find social communication and interaction challenging. It has a strong evidence-base for use with adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder, but is also appropriate for adolescents, and young adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other social emotional difficulties. The programme is for motivated adolescents who are interested in learning ways to help themselves to make and keep friends. During each group session the young people who attend are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session.
I am a PEERS® certified trainer, and can deliver the programme within educational and clinical contexts.
The range of topics that will be covered are:
· How to use appropriate conversational skills
· How to find common interests
· How to appropriately use humor
· How to enter and exit conversations
· How to be a good host during get-togethers
· How to make phone calls to friends
· How to choose appropriate friends
· How to handle arguments and disagreements
· How to handle rejection, teasing, and bullying
What are the participation requirements?
· Have friendship problems
· Teens must be interested in attending the program
· Teens must agree to participate in the program voluntarily
· Parent must be willing to participate
Last for one hour over 16 weeks
There will be between 6-8 young people attending each programme
If you are a young person, parent or professional and would like to find out more information (programme dates, location etc) please get in contact me for an informal chat about the programme.