PEERS®

Overview

PEERS® is a world-renowned evidence-based social skills curriculum for adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, and other socio-emotional problems. It was first developed at UCLA by PEERS® Clinical director, Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson. Melissa and Betty Lou were trained by Dr. Laugeson and became PEERS® certified trainers in 2019. They have taught many groups of individuals from 7th-12th grade via Zoom since 2020. The curriculum focus is on creating and maintaining friendships. The topics may include two-way conversation skills, choosing appropriate friends, appropriate use of jokes, good sportsmanship, get-togethers, handling arguments, changing reputations, handling teasing, handling physical and cyber bullying, safety on the internet, and minimizing rumors and gossip depending on the length of training chosen. The training will include didactic instruction, PowerPoints, small group practice in breakout rooms, instruction for get-togethers outside of class, video role plays and a pre/post survey. In addition, there is a one hour a week meeting with caregivers to coach on assisting their teen on applying skills outside of the social skill group.

Who Should Attend

• Middle school (grades 6-8) or high school (grades 9-12) students identified with an autism spectrum disorder, learning disability, or have social skills challenges related to making and keeping friendships.

• Must be able to stay engaged through the class by being able to have a two-way conversation, speak in complete sentences and ask and answer questions on the virtual platform.

• Must be able to download a virtual platform to socially get together away from the PEERS® class (e.g., Zoom or House Party app)

Dates

Summer Options:

May 31 - July 28, 2022 – $200 – 8 weeks
(No class the week of July 4 - 8), for grades 6-8

  • 9:00 am -11:00 am (EDT) Tuesday/Thursday (Taught by Melissa Dubie)
  • Topics: Trading information, two-way conversations, choosing appropriate friends, starting/joining/ending groups conversations, good sportsmanship, get-togethers, handling arguments, handling teasing and bullying.


May 31 - July 28, 2022 – $200 – 8 weeks
(No class the week of July 4 - 8), for grades 9-12

  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (EDT) Tuesday/Thursday (Taught by Melissa Dubie)
  • Topics: Trading information to start and maintain conversations, meeting friends, electronic communication, entering and exiting conversations, get-togethers, dating etiquette (letting someone know you like them, asking someone on a date, going on dates, dating do’s and don’ts), and handling disagreements.
     

Fall Options:

August 30 - December 22, 2022 – $400 – 16 weeks
(No class week of Thanksgiving, Nov. 21 - 25), for grades 6-8

  • 4:00 pm - 6:00pm (EDT) Tuesday/Thursday (Taught by Melissa Dubie)
  • Topics: Trading information, two-way conversations, electronic communication, choosing appropriate friends, appropriate use of humor/jokes, starting/joining/ending groups conversations, good sportsmanship, get-togethers, handling arguments, changing reputations, handling teasing and physical bullying including cyber safety, minimizing rumors and gossip.


September 12 - November 2, 2022 – $200 – 8 weeks, for grades 6-8

  • 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm (EDT) Monday/Wednesday (Taught by Betty Lou Rowe)
  • Topics: Trading information, two-way conversations, choosing appropriate friends, starting/joining/ending groups conversations, good sportsmanship, get-togethers, handling arguments, handling teasing and bullying.


November 7 - December 21, 2022 – $150 – 7 weeks, for grades 9-12

  • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (EDT) Monday/Wednesday (Taught by Betty Lou Rowe)
  • Topics: Trading information to start and maintain conversations, meeting friends, electronic communication, entering and exiting conversations, get-togethers, dating etiquette (letting someone know you like them, asking someone on a date, going on dates, dating do’s and don’ts), and handling disagreements.

Cost

Note: there are three costs depending on the length of training that is chosen.

• 7 weeks is $150.00 USD
• 8 weeks is $200.00 USD
• 16 weeks is $400.00 USD

Registration

  • All registrations are processed online by Indiana University (IU) Conferences. You may pay with a credit card, check, or purchase order. All registrations are final. No money will be refunded.
  • To access the Zoom meetings, a link will be sent to the email you use to register.
  • Please note – This is a virtual training using the Zoom webinar platform so you will need a laptop, tablet, or smartphone to access the class.

Registration Information