PEERS Social Skills Intervention
The PEERS® Curriculum is a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens (ages 14-17), who are interested in learning new ways of making and keeping friends. The curriculum is broken down into clearly divided lesson plans with concrete rules and steps, corresponding homework assignments, and fun socialization activities to ensure that teens practice what they’ve learned. Parents are provided handouts that will help assist their teen in making and keeping friends, as well as information about how to support their teen, as they complete their weekly socialization homework assignments. PEERS® may be appropriate for teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression or other social and behavioral disorders.
The Center for Leadership in Disability, at Georgia State University, has five Certified School-based Providers, all of whom have been trained by the PEERS® clinic at UCLA. Our team will be offering PEERS groups throughout the year. The groups will meet weekly and cost $1000 per person. If you are interested in learning more about our upcoming groups, please contact Molly Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will provide you with information about our intake process, which consists of an application, as well as a video interview with your son or daughter. During the interview, we will be assessing for the teen’s interest in learning how to make and keep friends, as the program relies heavily on self-motivation.
Our next group will run from September 10-December 17, 2019.
Participants can utilize their Family Support Services to pay for PEERS® under the category of Social/Recreational Activities. More information about how to apply for Family Support Services is available at https://dbhdd.georgia.gov/family-support-services. If you already receive services, your provider agency will need to contact Molly Tucker, in order to create a vendor profile for our organization within their system. Molly can be contacted at email@example.com.
Session 1– Introduction and Trading Information
Session 2– Two-Way Conversation
Session 3– Electronic Communication
Session 4– Choosing Appropriate Friends
Session 5– Appropriate Use of Humor
Session 6– Starting and Joining Conversations
Session 7– Exiting Conversations
Session 8– Good Sportsmanship
Session 9– Get-Togethers
Session 10– Handling Arguments
Session 11– Changing Reputations
Session 12– Handling Teasing and Embarrassing Feedback
Session 13– Handling Physical Bullying
Session 14– Handling Cyber Bullying
Session 15– Minimizing Rumors and Gossip
Session 16– Final Review, Post-Test Assessment and Graduation