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 mtucker17@gsu.edu. 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.

Funding Opportunities

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 mtucker17@gsu.edu.

Teens will learn how to:

  • Use appropriate conversational skills
  • Find common interests by trading information
  • Join a conversation between peers
  • Use appropriate humor
  • Handle rumors and gossip
  • Be a good host during get-togethers
  • Be a good sport
  • Handle arguments and disagreements
  • Change a bad reputation
  • Handle rejection, teasing and bullying

Curriculum

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