The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills, is an evidence-based social skills intervention program. The groups support those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other social disorders who have difficulty with peer interactions and relationships. It has a strong evidence-base for use with adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder, but is also appropriate for preschoolers, adolescents, and young adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socioemotional problems.
PEERS differs from other social skills programs in that it is:
• Includes parents
• Is structured like a class and not a therapy group
• Teaches ecologically valid social skills based on how socially successful individuals behave
• Breaks down social skills into understandable steps taught in an effective way
• Builds in the generalization of skills to “real life” settings and for the teen and young adult programs it teaches skills that transfer to the workplace.
Young adults are encouraged to attend each session with a social coach (i.e., parent, family member, adult sibling, life coach, job coach, peer mentor, etc.). Social coaches are taught how to assist young adults in making and keeping friends by providing feedback during weekly socialization homework assignments.
PEERS® for Young Adults (Ages 18-29) is a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated young adults, who are interested in learning ways to make and keep friends, navigate social interactions, mange conflict and rejection and develop romantic relationships. During each group session, young adults are taught important social skill by didactic and role play models. They are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session while receiving individualized coaching from our clinical staff.
Parents/Caregivers are taught how to assist their young adults in making and keeping friends by providing feedback through social coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments.
Topics of Instruction:
• How to find common interests by trading information
• How to use appropriate conversational skills including starting and maintaining conversations
• How to find sources of friends
• How to appropriately use humor
• How to enter and exit group conversations
• How to handle rejection and direct or indirect bullying
• How to organize and have successful get-togethers
• Rules for forms of electronic communication
• How to handle arguments and disagreements
• Dating etiquette/skills