PEERS Social Skills Program

Our PEERS Program was recently featured on KOAA News Channel 5!

The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS® Program) is world-renowned for providing evidence-based social skills treatment for preschoolers, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, and other socio-emotional problems.
The sessions cover specific social skills regarding making friends.  Each session focuses on a particular component in the process, using a didactic lesson format, observing examples, behavior practice, homework assignments.

A key feature of this 14-week program is the incorporation of parents or caregivers as “social coaches” who attend concurrent sessions, then help to generalize the newly learned skills to real-world settings.

Covered skills include:

  • Trading information
  • Two-way conversations
  • Electronic communication
  • Choosing appropriate friends
  • Appropriate use of humor
  • Entering a conversation
  • Exiting a conversation
  • Get-togethers
  • Good sportsmanship
  • Teasing and embarrassing feedback
  • Bullying and bad reputations
  • Handling disagreements
  • Rumors and gossip