The PEERS PROGRAMME
An evidence based training in social skills for teenagers/young adults with ADHD, ASD
or other social challenges

Learn how to help your teenagers/young adults make and keep friends

Help your teen/young adult learn to make and keep friends

PEERS® stands for Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills.

PEERS® is a 16-week online programme for teenagers/young adults who experience social challenges and are interested in learning new ways of making and keeping friends.

The PEERS® programme is an internationally acclaimed, evidence-based social skills group programme for adolescents and young adults with social challenges.

Originally developed by Dr Elizabeth Laugeson at the University of California (UCLA) PEERS®, the programme has a strong evidence-base for use with adolescents and young adults with Aspergers/ASD, but is also highly appropriate for those with ADHD, anxiety, depression, learning difficulties, those who may be gifted and talented or indeed anyone experiencing social challenges

The programme assists motivated teens and young adults with social challenges who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends.

 Explicitly teaching how to navigate common social challenges allows the formation of more positive relationships.

 Teens/Young Adults learn how to …

  • Develop & maintain friendships
  • Improve conversational skills
  • Choose appropriate friends & find common interests
  • Appropriately use electronic forms of communication 
  • Appropriately use humour & assess humour feedback
  • Start, enter & exit conversations between peers
  • Organise successful get-togethers with friends
  • Be a good sport when playing games and/or sports with friends
  • Handle arguments & disagreements with friends
  • Handle rejection, teasing, bullying, rumours/gossip & cyber bullying
  • Change an unwanted reputation

PEERS® for Teens programme details

In weekly 90-minute online small group sessions, teens are taught important social skills and given the opportunity to practise these skills during socialisation activities in the session.

Parents/caregivers attend online 90-minute weekly small group sessions separately to their teens and are taught how to become a social coach for their teen to support them in practicing their new skills at home, coaching them during their weekly socialisation homework assignments and providing feedback.

Sessions are relaxed & fun whilst using evidence-based skill-teaching methods … 

* Small group (6-10 participants)

* Safe environment where everyone finds success

* Didactic instruction (concrete easy to follow rules & steps)

* Socratic questioning method (a question/answer dialogue to draw out ideas) 

* Teaches ecologically valid skills (skills that socially successful people use)

* Correct/Incorrect role play examples

* Role-playing and modelling practice of correct skills (behaviourial rehearsal)

* Perspective-taking questions targeting social cognition

* Social coaching from both course facilitators & parent(s)/carer(s)

* Homework exercises (with parent/carer assistance)

* Each session builds upon the previous week

Is PEERS right for my teen/young adult?

Teens/Young Adults must …

         be between 13-17 (Teens) or 18-30 (Young Adults)  (for the duration of the course)

  • have social challenges
  • be interested in attending the programme
  • agree to participate in the program voluntarily
  • consistently attend the programme; and
  • a parent/carer must be willing to participate as the teen’s social coach or for young adults they may nominate a friend/sibling/parent as social coach.

I want to help my teen/young adult improve socially – what now?

To help your teen/young adult improve their social confidence and go on to create and maintain more meaningful connections email me at karin.flemmings@socialskillsnow.com and I will respond  to book an appointment for an informal confidential 30-minute phone call. I will complete  a brief questionnaire with you to assess suitability for the program and to answer any questions you may have.

Following this call, to ensure the PEERS® programme is a good fit for your teen/young adult and that they will feel comfortable attending and have positive outcomes, I’ll telephone you and your young person one-to-one to understand their needs as well as what your family are seeking to achieve before you enrol in the programme.

Meet your Social Coach

My name is Karin and for the past 30 years I’ve worked as a registered mental health nurse in community settings.  During that time I have supported people with a range of conditions such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, personality disorders, bipolar disorders, psychosis and substance misuse. 

I spent 3 years working in an Early Intervention Service. This was for with young people aged 14 to 35 who were experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, their first episode of psychosis. 

More often I am coming into contact with adults with a diagnosis of ASD/ADHD alongside other diagnoses. Or adults that have symptoms but no diagnosis. Or adults caring for children with ASD/ADHD. In my opinion there are scant resources for social skills training.  And yet this is so important. Appropriate social skills help us to connect with others and maintain relationships.

 My sister, Vivian, and her daughter both have ADHD and we believe other members of our family struggled with it but were  never diagnosed. After studying 'Understanding ADHD: Current Research and Practice', I became more interested  in this field and decided to take the PEERS course. This is because it is evidence based and involves learning skills and practising them in everyday situations.  I am now a PEERS Certified Provider.

Vivian has studied and researched ADHD for years and has developed a website;https://www.adhdsupportaustralia.com.au It has loads of information and online resources so, even though she’s in Australia, they can be easily accessed wherever you are.

Help your teen learn how to make and keep friends

Course dates and times:

Parents: Starts 17th January 2022

Mondays 7pm to 8.30pm on Zoom

Teens: Starts 19th January 2022

Wednesdays 7pm to 8.30pm on Zoom

 

The cost for the 16 week course is £960.00, payable in advance. This is the equivalent of £60 per week for two 90 minute groups. 

 

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