PEERS for Adolescents Program (serving ages 12-18)
The PEERS® curriculum is a manualized 14-week intervention that was developed to teach social and friendship skills to cognitively able adolescents with ASD, along with typically developing peers.
During weekly 90-minute sessions, small groups of adolescents are taught social skills including conversational skills, appropriate use of electronic communication, choosing appropriate friends, appropriate use of humor, entering and exiting a conversation, steps for having appropriate get-togethers, good sportsmanship, handling rejection, handling disagreements, and handling rumors and gossip. Parents are simultaneously learning the same material and are trained to coach their adolescents as they complete weekly homework assignments related to the course material.
PEERS is offered to teens who are age 12-18 and who are in at least seventh through twelfth grades.
Participants can look forward to learning the following skills:
- Using appropriate conversational skills
- Finding common interests with peers
- Appropriately using humor
- Entering & exiting conversations
- Handling rumors and gossip
- Handling arguments & disagreements
- Choosing appropriate friends
- Making phone calls to friends
- Being a good host during get-togethers
- Being a good sport
- Changing a bad reputation
- Handling rejection, teasing & bullying
- Private pay
- Empowerment Scholarship Account Program (to take advantage of the ESA, participants must already have an empowerment scholarship before beginning the intake process)
Now enrolling for fall 2020
Due to social gathering and community restrictions, the fall PEERS sessions will meet using Zoom virtual technology.
For more information about SARRC’s PEERS program, including volunteer opportunities, please contact a member of our team at 602.218.8184 or ALyon@autismcenter.org.