PEERS for Teens

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  • AGES: Grades 7 – 12
  • START DATE: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 to May 12, 2020 (No Sessions on March 17 and March 24, 2020)
  • TIME: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
  • LOCATION: #103-4181 Hastings Street, Burnaby, BC, V5C 2J3
  • COST: $1750

Social Skills Teaching

PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) is a 14-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. This group runs at the same time as the teen session.
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!


Join us for our Group Intake to learn more about the programs. Bring your teen along. There will be food, games, and a short presentation about our program! Attendance to one of the group intakes is mandatory to enroll in the program.

Group Intake : Tuesday January 14, 2020 or Tuesday January 21, 2020

Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Location: #103-4181 Hastings Street, Burnaby, BC, V5C 2J3

If you are interested and would like to start the intake process, please fill out our online questionnaire:

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, ABA Learning Centre Office Manager, at