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UBC PEERS: Social Skills Intervention for Teens with ASD

Posted February 14, 2019

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Thursday, February 14 - Friday, May 31
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

UBC: Psychoeducational Research and Training Centre
Room 1100, 2125 Main Mall

  • UBC
  • (778) 846-2126
  • $1800.00

PEERS® is an evidence-based intervention program that is designed to help teens make and keep friends


  • Teens with ASD between the ages of 13-18 with friendship difficulties
  • Must be in Middle School or High School
  • Average verbal/language ability
  • Teens must be interested in joining and participating in the program, voluntarily
  • A parent/caregiver must be willing to participate in the program


  • Duration: 14 consecutive weeks
  • Planned Day: Thursday
  • Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. (1.5 hours total each Thursday)
  • Anticipated program start time: February 2019
  • Location: Psychoeducational Research and Training Centre (PRTC) at The University of British Columbia


  • Appropriate conversation skills
  • Finding common interests with peers
  • Appropriate use of humour
  • Entering and exiting peer conversations
  • Handling teasing
  • Choosing appropriate friends
  • How to handle disagreements
  • Good sportsmanship skills
  • How to have a get together/hang-outs
  • And much more!


  • The program fee is $1,800 (includes the intake meeting and the 14-week intervention)
  • Families are encouraged to contact the Autism Funding Unit to confirm whether their provincial funding can be applied toward the fee. A portion of the fee may be eligible for reimbursement through extended health care benefits


  • Dr Rashmeen Nirmal is a Registered Psychologist and a certified PEERS® provider
  • Dr Theresa Andreou is an Educational Consultant and a certified PEERS® provider
  • Additional information regarding the PEERS® program can be found here:


  • Please email Dr. Nirmal at or telephone at 778-846-2126 with your interest and to schedule a 15-minute telephone screening interview
  • Then, an in-person intake meeting will be scheduled at UBC to determine if the program is appropriate for you and your teen. If the program is a good fit, then you and your teen will be enrolled in the program.
  • Space is limited. We look forward to hearing from you!

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