What is PEERS® Program?
The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is an evidence-based, social skills intervention program for motivated students who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. PEERS® was first developed at UCLA by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, has been translated in different languages and is used internationally across the globe. Research has shown that students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, and other social challenges has made positive gains from this program. For more information, please go to: https://www.semel.ucla.edu/peers.
We currently have openings in our PEERS® Program for both the Adolescent and Young Adult groups in Richmond and Surrey locations. Please contact: Connie Ng at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Click here to find out more about Connie: Meet the Instructor
Upcoming PEERS® programs:
Social Group Details
- Social groups are for preteens between the ages of 10-12, teens between the ages of 13-18, and young adults 18+ who are having difficulty making and keeping friends.
- PEERS® is designed for students with average to above average intelligence with social difficulties.
- Our sessions will include a parent component so that the concepts learned can be generalized to other environments.
- During each group session, students are taught important skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during socialization activities.
Attendance Policy for Groups
- The social groups will run on Mondays from September through to end of the June at ABLE Clinic in Surrey (#12 – 15243 91st Avenue). The clinic is closed for two weeks during the winter holiday and on statutory holidays.
- It is important that the group members are present for as many sessions as possible. Our lessons build upon one another so it is important to not miss too many lessons and learning opportunities.
- If you will be absent for any reason, please email Connie at email@example.com or call 778-863-8481 and leave a message.
- Parents are expected to attend the last 15 minutes of each group session to discuss the lessons learned that day. It is important that parents also learn the concepts so that you can continue to coach them in different environments.
- The social groups will be run by Connie Ng, BCBA. Each group will have 2-3 behavior coaches to help facilitate and coach the students.
- Group sessions: $115 per hour
- Indirect services requested by families (report writing, observations etc.): $160 per hour
- Payment is due at the end of each month. Those who are using Autism Funding will need to have their forms submitted prior to the start of the group sessions.
- If paying privately, payment can only be in the format of Interac E-transfer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- If you have any questions regarding this group, please contact Connie directly at email@example.com or 778-863-8481.
PEERS® Group Details:
- Teens between the ages of 13 – 18 who are having difficulty making friends
- Young adults 18+ who are having difficulty making friends
- Teens and young adults must be motivated and interested in participating in this program
- A parent/guardian/social coach must be willing to participate in this program consistently
What the Teens And Young Adult Will Learn:
- How to use appropriate conversation skills, find common interests by trading information, choose appropriate friends and use electronic communication
- How to appropriately use humor and be a good sport
- How to enter and exit conversations between peers
- How to handle rejecting, teasing, and bullying
- How to handle rumors and gossip
- How to be a good host during get-togethers
- How to handle arguments and disagreements and change a bad reputation
Young Adult Will Also Learm:
- How to find and choose good friends and romantic partners, let someone know you like them and ask them out on a date, and appropriate dating etiquette
- Thursday evenings with programs starting in September and January
- Teens from 5:30pm – 7:00pm and young adults from 7:00pm – 8:30pm
- ABLE Developmental Clinic at Pacific Autism Family Network, 3688 Cessna Dr, Richmond, BC V7B 1C7
- The cost of this program is $1700. This includes the intake meeting and the 16-week intervention.
- Autism Funding can be used for this program.
For More Information:
- Please contact Connie Ng, Board Certified Behavior Analyst and certified PEERS® provider at firstname.lastname@example.org