PEERS® Social Skills Program
The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) was originally developed at UCLA by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, Founder and Director of the UCLA PEERS® Clinic, and Dr. Fred Frankel. Since its inception in 2005, PEERS® has expanded to locations across the US and around the world. PEERS® is a manualized, social skills training intervention for adolescents and young adults. It has a strong evidence-base for use with teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorders, Asperger syndrome and similar social and communication challenges but is also appropriate for other populations.
Recent research has demonstrated that gains made over the course of this program are maintained 3-5 years later (Laugeson et al., 2013).
The PEERS® program offers both a teen and a young adult curriculum. Both the teen and the young adult program will be available this fall 2015.
PEERS® is different than other Social Skills Programs
- Is evidence-based
- Includes parents
- Is structured like a class, not a therapy group
- Teaches ecologically valid social skills based on how socially successful individuals behave
- Breaks down social skills into understandable steps taught in an effective way
- Builds in the generalization of skills to “real life” settings
- Teaches skills that transfer to the workplace