The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills
Starting in January 2020
PEERS® is the only available evidence-based social skills program for adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder, and is used clinically for youth with ADHD, anxiety, depression and other social challenges. During each group session, teens are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during socialization activities. Parents attend separate sessions at the same time and are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends by helping to expand their teen’s social network and providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments.
Teens will learn how to:
• Use appropriate conversational skills
• Use humour appropriately
• Use electronic communication
• Enter & exit conversations
• Be a good host during get-togethers
• Be a good sport
• Handle arguments and disagreements
• Change a bad reputation
• Handle rumours and gossip
• Handle rejection, teasing and bullying
When: Mondays at 4:30-6pm or 6:30-8pm (1.5 hrs) for 16 weeks, beginning January 2020
Where: Speech Meta Therapy Services, #2145 - 13700 Mayfield Place, Richmond
Cost: $160/week for the teen and parent/caregiver groups together*
*This program may be eligible for funding through the Autism Funding Unit. Check with your extended health benefits provider to see your coverage for speech-language pathology services.
Program Leaders: Speech-language pathologists Fiona Hui, Sandy Wong and Paulina Vazquez are certified providers of PEERS® for Teens and Adolescents and received their training at the Semel Institute of UCLA. For more information about the PEERS® program, visit https://www.semel.ucla.edu/peers/teens.