ABA Learning Centre
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 adolescents 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).
Topics include how to:
- Use appropriate conversation skills
- Find common interests by trading information
- Appropriately use humour
- 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
WANT TO KNOW MORE?!
Please join us for our INFO NIGHT to learn more about the program. Bring your teen along. There will be food, games, and a short presentation about our program.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 11th, 2018 6:30—7:30PM At #103 ‐ 4181 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Sessions will run THURSDAY evenings from JANUARY 25th – MAY 3rd, 2018 6:30-8:00pm
For more information, or to request an intake pack‐ age, please contact LAUREN KEATING, one of our PEERS certified facilitators or visit abacentre.ca