PEERS Program

PEERS 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.

Funding Options 

Peers Teen Mentor Volunteer Opportunity 

SARRC is looking for typically developing teenagers who are in 7th through 12th grades to serve as peer mentors in our PEERS program. Sessions will be held every Tuesday from 4:30–6:30 p.m. from January until the end of April. 

Contact 

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.