Monday, September 14 - Monday, November 30
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Central Heights Church
1661 McCallum Rd
- Social Skills in the Valley
PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relationship Skills) is a 12- week evidence-based social language intervention program for motivated preteens, teens and young adults who are interested in learning ways to keep and build friendships.
For the Learners
During each small group session, students are taught important social skills and are provided with opportunities to practice these skills through fun and engaging activities (i.e. playing sports, board games). Weekly homework assignments are given to provide learners with the opportunity to practice their social skills in real-life situations.
For the Parents and Social Coaches
As parents, you play a vital role in supporting your child during PEERS training. In our weekly parent groups, valuable coaching techniques will be provided so that you can support your teen in making and keeping friends. Our meetings which run at the same time as the teen sessions will equip you in helping your child with the weekly homework assignments (i.e. hosting a get-together, phoning a friend).
Topics will include:
- How to find common topics of interest through trading information
- How to be effective in the role of speaker or listener in a two-way conversation
- How to navigate through the world of electronic communication
- How to choose appropriate friends
- How to use humour appropriately
- How to enter and exit conversations
- How to be a good sport
- How to make phone calls with friends
- How to be a good host during get-togethers
- How to handle arguments and disagreements
- How to change a bad reputation
- How to handle teasing, rumours and gossip
- How to handle rejection and bullying (physical and cyberbullying)
- How to handle dating
- How to develop social skills in the workplace
Cost: $1,500 (AFU approved, Extended Medical applicable)
Location: Central Heights Church, Abbotsford
Prerequisites: A desire to learn better social-skills and to attend PEERS. A Phone Intake Meeting with the Parent/Social Coach and a Face to Face Meeting are required to ascertain whether PEERS is a good fit and will benefit the Teen.
Rosslyn Delmonico, MA, RSLP, CCC-SLP, has been a Speech-Language Pathologist for over 38 years both within the private and public school systems. Author of the curriculum friendly social language-based program, Color My Conversation, Rosslyn seeks to inspire and equip parents and educators with the necessary knowledge and tools to help children develop social-emotional skills; which will allow them to successfully navigate through their world!
Shelley Lazarus, BA, BC Certified Teacher completed her Special Education Specialization at the University of Victoria in 2015 and has been teaching for the past 20 years. She has 16 years of classroom experience and 9 years of being a Resource Teacher and Special Education Coordinator. She is passionate about supporting children with special needs and their parents.