PEERS® for Adolescents

Evidence-based social skills program for teens!

What is PEERS® for Adolescents?

PEERS is an evidence-based social skills program for teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other social challenges . This internationally acclaimed program, used in over 35 countries, was originally developed at UCLA by PEERS® Clinic Founding Director, Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson. During each group session, teens are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during socialization activities. Teens learn how to make and keep friendships by participating in didactic lessons, role-play, and group activities. Parents/caregivers participate in a separate group to learn how to support their teen in making and keeping friendships.


What are the goals of the PEERS® for Adolescents Program?

  • Learn how to make and build friendships
  • Learn how to text and communicate on social media
  • Learn how to deal with rumors, bullying, and issues within friendships
  • Learn how to start hanging out with friends that like what they like


What are the qualifications for this program?

  • Verbal and able to follow and participate in 10-minute lessons and related role-plays
  • Experiencing social skills issues and/or has an ASD or related diagnosis
  • Have a parent/caregiver available to participate equally
  • Aged 13-17 years old


How long is the program?

Teens and caregivers will attend separate 90-minute groups, once a week, for 10 weeks.

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