The PEERS (Program for the Evaluation and Enrichment of Relational Skills) Program is a parent or caregiver-assisted intervention for adolescents and young adults who have difficulty making or keeping friends. Members of our team have been intensively trained and certified by the treatment creator, Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, to provide this effective, evidence based intervention.
The treatment has been evaluated and found to be effective with young people who meet criteria for autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, and fetal alcohol syndrome. It may also be effective for teens with ADHD.
The program consists of separate parent and teen groups that meet for 14 weeks for 90 minutes (for the adolescent program) or parent/other social coach and young adult groups that meet for 16 weeks for 90 minutes. The group sessions focus on the following skills:
- How to use appropriate conversational skills
- How to find common interests in conversations
- How to appropriately use humor
- How to enter and exit conversations between peers
- How to be a good host during get-togethers
- How to make phone calls to friends
- How to choose appropriate friends
- How to use electronic communication effectively
- How to be a good sport
- How to handle arguments and disagreements
- How to change a bad reputation
- How to handle rejection, teasing, and bullying
- How to handle rumors and gossip
- Dating etiquette (young adults)
At the conclusion of treatment, parents report that their teens or young adults have more frequent get-togethers with peers, interact more with household visitors, are no longer socially isolated, interact with others around a wider range of topics, and respond to social reminders and prompts from parents successfully.
For more information, email us at PEERS@rathboneandassociates.net and we will send you a fact sheet about the program with more information including dates and fees.