PEERS for Teens

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  • AGES: Grades 7 – 12
  • DATES: 14 weeks, Fall 2022 dates TBD
  • LOCATION: #103-4181 Hastings Street, Burnaby BC, V5C 2J3
  • COST: $1,620.00

Accepting students for SPRING 2023

*Group intake nights will be held TBD from 6pm – 7pm*

Social Skills Teaching

ABA LC PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) is a 13-week social skills program that teaches middle and high school students (grades 7—12), with high functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, to make and keep friends.

Created by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson and her colleagues at UCLA, the PEERS program is the only evidence-based social skills intervention for adoles- cents and young adults that has resulted in significant gains in knowledge and use of social skills.

PEERS is taught in weekly, small-group settings, using techniques including didactic instruction, modeling, coaching, behavioral rehearsal, performance feedback, and weekly homework assignments supported by parents/ caregivers.

Parents: We want you, too!

Parent participation is a vital component of the PEERS model. There is a weekly parent group, run by a trained facilitator, in which caregivers learn to be effective social coaches for their child.
Additionally, parents will help their child complete weekly assignments (e.g. phoning a friend, hosting a get-together, etc).

Program Topics

Topics include how to:

  • Use appropriate conversation skills
  • Find common interests by trading information
  • Appropriately use humor
  • Enter and exit conversations between peers
  • Handle rejection, teasing, and bullying
  • Be a good host during get-togethers
  • Make phone calls to friends
  • Choose appropriate friends
  • Be a good sport
  • Handle arguments and disagreements
  • Change a bad reputation

Are you interested in learning to make and keep friends? If so, PEERS is for you!

PEERS Questionnaire

***This is not a behaviour intervention program, as its main focus is social skills development.  Group placement is determined by clinicians after the group intake.  Acceptance into the program is not guaranteed.

For more information, or to request an intake package, please contact Joseph Carpenter, Business Manager, at or call the office at 604-232-4122.