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PEERS for Teens

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  • AGES: Grades 7 – 12
  • DATES: 13 weeks, Wednesday September 22nd to December 15th, 2021
  • LOCATION: #103-4181 Hastings Street, Burnaby BC, V5C 2J3
  • COST: $1,625.00

*Group Intake Dates: September 15 and September 16th from 6pm – 7pm

Social Skills Teaching

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 joseph@abacentre.ca or call the office at 604-232-4122.