OlderPEERs is the only evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens who may present with ADHD, Aspergers, Depression, High Functioning Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Anxiety or any other social or behavioural issues.
Participants should be behaviourally and emotionally regulated.
In the OlderPEERS program, your teen will learn:
Using appropriate conversational skills
How to be a good host during get togethers
Finding common interests by trading information
How to make phone calls to friends
How to handle electronic communication
Using humour appropriately
How to choose appropriate friends
Entering and exiting peer conversations
How to be a good sport
Handling rejection, teasing and bullying
How to handle arguments and disagreements
Handling rumours and gossip
How to change a bad reputation
The OlderPEERS classes are broken into 16 x 90 minute weekly sessions with an additional parent debrief. During each session, teens are taught an important social skill an given an opportunity to practice that skill. Homework is then given for the week to give additional practice.
Your investment for this program is $1200 and can be paid through AFU. Participants must be motivated to learn ways to make and keep friends, and parent participation is required.
Please visit the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Behavior’s website for additional information.