PEERS® Program – Ages 11-17
Help your tween/teen learn to enjoy building and maintaining friendships!
This group is perfect for motivated parents with tweens/teens who are:
- High Functioning Autism
- Pervasive Developmental Delay
- Other social and behavioral problems
If your tween/teen (ages 11-17) is motivated to have friends but struggling to connect with others join this parent-tween/teen 14-week program. During each group session, your tween/teen will learn and develop friendship skills while parents simultaneously receive coaching skills to guide tween/teen on promoting and maintaining friendships. Classes will foster a love of learning while creating a fun bonding experience for both parents and tweens/teens.
Your child will learn how to:
- Use appropriate conversational skills
- Choose appropriate friends
- Enter and exit conversations between peers
- Be a good sport
- Handle rejection, teasing, and bullying
- Handle arguments, disagreements, rumors, and gossip
- Change a bad reputation
- Be a good host during get-togethers
- Find common interests by trading info information
- Make phone calls to friends
- Appropriately use humor
*The class is a 12 week program and participants can only start at the beginning of a class. *Children are grouped by grade level (i.e. 2nd/3rd grade and 4th/5th grade) and groups are formed based on the grade and levels of other interested families. These groups are for children who have cognitive functioning at about grade level or above. *We work very hard to compose groups of children who are in approximately the same social level. In some cases this may mean waiting a little longer for an appropriate group.
PEERS® (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) – featured in major news media – is a 14-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens (ages 11-17) interested in learning practical ways to make and keep friends.