Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) for Young Adults (Ages 18-35) is a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated young adults, who are interested in learning skills to make and keep friends and develop romantic relationships. During each group session, young adults are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills.
*Young adults must attend each session with a social coach (i.e., parent, family member, adult sibling, life coach, job coach, peer mentor, etc.). Social coaches are taught how to assist young adults in making and keeping friends by providing feedback during weekly socialization homework assignments.
Enrollment is limited. Classes are on Monday evenings from 4:30 to 6:00 pm or 6:30 to 8:00pm. Group instruction is provided in English. Regular attendance is imperative. Social coach participation is required.
*Groups begin every 16 weeks, and enrollment is ongoing. Please call 310-267-3377 or email email@example.com to begin the enrollment process.
Topics of Instruction:
How to use appropriate conversational skills
How to choose appropriate friends
How to appropriately use electronic forms of communication
How to appropriately use humor and assess humor feedback
How to start, enter, and exit conversations between peers
How to organize successful get-togethers with friends
How to develop romantic relationships and use appropriate dating etiquette
How to handle arguments and disagreements with friends and in relationships
How to handle rejection, teasing, bullying, and rumors/gossip
PEERS for Young Adults Manual: Dr. Laugeson’s newest book, “PEERS® for Young Adults: Social Skills Training for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Social Challenges” presents the first evidence-based group treatment program for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as other neurodevelopmental disorders and social challenges. To order the book, click on the link.
Parent-Trade Book: Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson’s innovate book, “The Science of Making Friends: Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults” provides parents and families with evidence-based tools for building friendships and relationships, and includes a companion DVD. To order the book, click on the link.
Social Skills Role Play Videos: The UCLA PEERS Clinic recently released over 100 social skills videos. These videos are excellent resources for teens to learn basic rules of social etiquette. View the videos, here.