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PEERS® Training Session

If your goal is to make and keep friends...

PEERS® might be for you.

The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is the leading research-based social skills training program for youth with social challenges. PEERS® has a strong evidence base for use with adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders, and is also appropriate for adolescents and young adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socioemotional problems. PEERS® has been disseminated to over 40 countries worldwide.

"I have found PEERS Communications Training with StarPointe to be helpful and educational.  I feel more confident with my social communication more now than ever before". - Jacob B. Student

PEERS IN THE NEWS:

Enrollment

If you’re interested in learning more, please fill out the below form

Name of Adolescent/Young Adult *
Name of Adolescent/Young Adult
(if applicable)
Name of Parent/Caregiver
Name of Parent/Caregiver
(if applicable -- note: caregiver participation is required for standard adolescent groups)
Phone *
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What makes PEERS® unique?

Ecologically Valid Skills.

In other words... we teach the skills that are proven to work in the real world for adolescents and young adults.

For example: when teens are getting teased, adults often give advice to: 1) walk away, 2) ignore the teaser, or 3) tell an adult. Do these strategies work? Not usually. In fact, these moves often make the situation worse.

So what do most socially savvy teens and young adults do?

They give a short comeback that shows that what the person said didn't bother them, and, in fact, what he or she said was kind of lame.

 

COMPREHENSIVE TEACHING.

Our program rests on the basic principle that any complex skill requires instruction and lots of practice with targeted feedback. Without feedback, it's easy to end up rehearsing errors rather than skills.

The PEERS® Program emphasizes live practice with continual close guidance from our team of behavioral coaches. We also focus on promoting real-world practice each week, and we help parents and other allies to provide effective support for developing social skills.

 

What skills are taught in PEERS®?

  • How to use appropriate conversational skills

  • How to find common interests by trading information

  • How to appropriately use humor

  • How to enter and exit conversations with peers

  • How to reduce teasing and bullying

  • How to handle rumors and gossip

  • How to plan and host get-togethers

  • How to skillfully use electronic communication

  • How to choose appropriate friends

  • How to be a good sport

  • How to handle arguments and disagreements

  • How to change a bad reputation

 

The PEERS® Program for Young Adults also includes skills for:

  • Dating & Romantic Relationships

 

Empirical Support

Mandelberg et al., 2013

This 1-5 year follow-up study with previous PEERS® participants describes their continued progress, and highlights the treatment gains that are maintained for years following participation in the PEERS® for teens intervention.

Laugeson et al., 2011

The 2nd randomized controlled trial of the PEERS® intervention shows improved social skills and peer interactions among youth between ages 12-17, with treatment gains maintained or improved at 14-week follow-up.

Gantman et al., 2011

In this randomized controlled trial, the PEERS® intervention is shown to be help improve social skills and friendships for young adults between ages 18-23.

 

Our Other Services

Life Skills

We work with our clients to establish a life road-map and the skills necessary to live a satisfying life.

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Career Development

With our career development coaching, clients learn a variety of skills to prepare themselves for a successful career.

Parent and Caregiver Coaching

According to a recent survey of parents of children with autism, more than 80% reported sometimes being “stretched beyond their limits.”  The three most stressful factors stated in the related article were: concern about long-term outcomes for their children, societal acceptance of the condition, and the limited social supports received by parents.