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  • Peers for Teens

    PEERS® for Teens

    Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills

    The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS® for Teens) is world-renowned for providing evidence-based social skills treatment to adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, and other socio-emotional problems.The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®), originally developed at UCLA by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson and Dr. Fred Frankel, is now available through the DBT Center of Arizona. PEERS® for Teens is a 16-week, 90 minute, evidence-based social skills group for motivated teens in middle and high school, age 13-18, diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or other social disorders who have difficulty with peer interactions and relationships.

    The PEERS® for Teens program teaches teens a variety of social skills, including how to:

    • use appropriate conversational skills
    • find common interests by trading information
    • appropriately use humor
    • enter and exit a conversation between peers
    • handle rejection, teasing and bullying
    • handle rumors and gossip
    • be a good host during get-togethers
    • make phone calls to friends
    • choose appropriate friends
    • be a good sport
    • handle arguments and disagreements with people
    • change a bad reputation

    Parents will attend separate sessions at the same time and will learn: how to assist their teen in making and keeping friends; how to help expand their teen’s social network; and how to provide their teen with feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments.

    PEERS for Teens differs from other social skills programs because it:

    • is evidence-based
    • includes parents throughout treatment
    • breaks down social skills into understandable steps
    • teaches ecologically valid social skills based on behavior of socially successful individuals
    • generalizes social skills to “real life” settings and includes skills that transfer to the workplace

    Click here for more info of to sign up.