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, will be conducting a PEERS Social Skills group this summer. The group will meet on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3-4:30 pm throughout June and July, in order to cover all 16 weeks of content. Click here for the full schedule. All interested teens will participate in a 15-20 minute long interview to determine if the program is a good fit for him or her. These interviews will take place by Zoom session or over the phone on May 22nd and 23rd between 3-6 pm. Click here to sign up your teen for an interview slot. This program relies heavily on teen’s motivation, which is assessed during the interview portion. The GSU instructors want to ensure that your teen is interested in participating and learning how to make new friends.

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


June 12, 2019:  Session 1– Introduction and Trading Information

June 17, 2019: Session 2– Two-Way Conversation

June 19, 2019: Session 3– Electronic Communication

June 24, 2019: Session 4– Choosing Appropriate Friends

June 26, 2019: Session 5– Appropriate Use of Humor

July 1, 2019: Session 6– Starting and Joining Conversations

July 3, 2019: Session 7– Exiting Conversations

July 8, 2019: Session 8– Good Sportsmanship

July 10, 2019: Session 9– Get-Togethers

July 15, 2019: Session 10– Handling Arguments

July 17, 2019: Session 11– Changing Reputations

July 22, 2019: Session 12– Handling Teasing and Embarrassing Feedback

July 24, 2019: Session 13– Handling Physical Bullying

July 29, 2019: Session 14– Handling Cyber Bullying

July 31, 2019: Session 15– Minimizing Rumors and Gossip

August 2, 2019: Session 16– Final Review, Post-Test Assessment and Graduation

If interested in participating, please use the link below to sign up for an interview. Signups will close on May 17, 2019.