• Age Group: Younger class (11-14 years ), Older Class (15-17 years ), Adult class (18-22 years).
  • Sessions: 16 Sessions
  • Class Duration: 1.5 Hours
  • Fees: $1260 CAD

Program Overview

PEERs is the only evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens who may present with ADHD, Depression, Low support needs Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Anxiety, or any other social or behavioral issues.

Participants should be behaviorally and emotionally regulated.

In the PEERS 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 PEERS classes are broken into 14 x 90 minute weekly sessions with an additional parent debrief. During each session, teens are taught an important social skill and given an opportunity to practice that skill. Homework is then given for the week to give additional practice.

Depending on registration, adolescents may be grouped in a younger class (ages 11-14), older class (ages 15-17), or young adult class (ages 18-22). Also, additional classes may be added for older participants to include Dating and relationship topics.

Your investment for this program is $1260 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.

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