The Science of Making Friends
The Science of Making Friends
Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Friday & Saturday, December 5 & 6, 2014
Elizabeth Laugeson, PsyD
Founder and Director, PEERS Clinic, University of California Los Angeles
SFU Harbour Centre
|Level||Introductory to Intermediate|
|For||Family members, community professionals, para-professionals|
|Focus||Adolescents/young adults with age-appropriate language skills|
|Autism-specific?||No; relevant to Autism, ADHD, Anxiety and other conditions|
About the Event
The UCLA Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) is a manualized, social skills training intervention for adolescents and young adults. It has a strong evidence-base for use with teens and young adults with ASD, but is also appropriate for teens and young adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socioemotional problems.
PEERS is recognized as an outstanding model in which professionals learn how to teach youth and their parents the steps of social etiquette to promote the development and maintenance of friendships. In this two day event, parents, community workers, school staff, and others will learn how to coach young people with social cognitive deficits. This workshop will be based on Dr. Laugeson's book The Science of Making Friends, released in September 2013. Within the framework of solid research evidence, concrete rules and steps of social etiquette will be highlighted to promote the development and maintenance of friendships for youth with ASD who have age-appropriate language skills.
- "The role-plays and videos were great." (professional)
- "I really liked the way this program breaks down social skills into specific components steps" (professional)
- "Fantastic, most helpful and hands-on training I have attended" (professional)
(these comments are from the 2012 PEERS training for professionals)
About the Presenter
Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. More information about Dr. Laugeson.
|10:15||-||10:45||Break (coffee and light snacks served)|
|12:00||-||1:00||Lunch (buy or bring your own)|
|2:15||-||2:30||Break (coffee and light snacks served)|
Note: This schedule is for both days.
|Date||Parents, Para-Pros & Students||Professionals|
|Early Bird Rate ends||October 29th, 2014||$225||$275|
|Regular Rate ends||November 26th, 2014||$300||$350|
|Late Rate begins||November 27th, 2014||$350||$400|
ACT’s live events are self-supporting through registration fees and sponsorship; we do not receive government funding. ACT fundraises to provide bursaries for low-income participants. We prioritize family members and autistic adults for bursaries which are given in the form of lower registration fees. ACT only provides bursaries prior to registration for those who want to join our online audience. Learn more about how to register using the ACT event bursary program. You are welcome to call or email ACT's office (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. ACT provided over $11,000 in bursaries in 2019 and gratefully accepts donations to our bursary fund to allow us to provide a greater level of support. Donate to our bursary fund.
Parents who receive Autism Funding may use 20% of the
total for equipment, books, training and travel costs.
ACT's live events are considered eligible expenses by
the Autism Funding Branch. Please pay when you register; the Autism Funding Branch will reimburse parents after the event.
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