What is PEERS®?

PEERS® (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skill) is the leading evidence based social skills intervention program for motivated youth and young adults 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.

Participants and social coaches (including parents or other caregivers) attend 16-weekly group session for 90 min per week.

PEERS® groups are successfully conducted in over 40 countries worldwide.

Who is PEERS® for?

Specialised program for teens (12 to 17 years)

PEERS is for adolescents is for teens in middle or high school who are interested in learning skills to make and keep friends and/or handling conflict and rejection. During each group session, teens are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills.

During the 16 week program participants will be exposed to a range of skills and topics, including:

  • How to use appropriate conversational skills
  • How to choose appropriate friends
  • How to appropriately use electronic forms of communication
  • How to appropriately use humour and assess humour feedback
  • How to start, enter and exit conversations between peers
  • How to organize successful get-togethers with friends
  • How to be a good sport when playing games/sports with friends
  • How to handle arguments and disagreements with friends and in relationships
  • How to handle rejection, teasing, bullying, rumours/gossip, and cyber bullying
  • How to change a bad reputation

What are the participation requirements?

  • Have friendship problems
  • Teens in middle school or high school
  • Teens must be interested in attending the program
  • Teens must agree to participate in the program voluntarily
  • Teens must consistently attend the program
  • Parent must be willing to participate

Specialised program for young adults (18 to 24 years)

PEERS is for young adults is for those who are interested in learning skills to make and keep friends and/or develop romantic relationships. During each group session, young adults are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills.

During the 16 week program participants will be exposed to a range of skills and topics, including:

  • How to choose appropriate friends
  • How to appropriately use electronic forms of communication
  • How to appropriately use humour and assess humour feedback
  • How to start, enter, and exit conversations between peers
  • How to organize successful get-togethers with friends
  • How to develop and use appropriate dating etiquette
  • How to handle arguments and disagreements with friends
  • How to handle rejection, teasing, bullying, and rumours/gossip

What are the participation requirements?

  • Have friendship problems
  • Young adults ages 18-35 years old; graduated from high school
  • Young adults must be interested in attending the program
  • Young adults must consistently attend the program
  • Young adults must agree to participate voluntarily in the program
  • Young adults must have a consistent social coach willing to attend the program each week.

PEERS® in the news:


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