LDS is always seeking ways to improve our services for kids with learning differences and their families. That is why we are so excited to announce that we are now certified to offer PEERS® – the only evidence-based teen social skills program in the world.  

Developed by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson at the University of California—Los Angeles (UCLA), the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is world-renowned for providing evidence-based social skills programming to preschoolers, adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, and socio-emotional issues. 

Because of the difference that parental involvement makes in youth outcomes, parent participation is required. Participants must attend all sessions, as they cannot be skipped or rescheduled.  

Research studies indicate that PEERS® improves teen social skills and mental health symptoms, as well as family stress levels. 

PEERS program participants will learn: 

• Appropriate conversation skills
• Finding common interests with peers
• Appropriate use of humour
• Entering and exiting peer conversations
• Handling teasing
• Choosing appropriate friends
• How to handle disagreements
• Good sportsmanship skills
• How to have a get together/hang-outs
• And much more

Who is the program for?

LDS is currently offering PEERS as a social skills intervention for socially-motivated teens who also have a suspected or diagnosed learning difference.

Participants may have ASD, ADHD, anxiety, depression or social-emotional issues, however we are not able to accommodate severe behavioural challenges.

Teen participants should be between the ages of 13-16 for our 2021 winter/spring cohort.

One parent/guardian must commit to attending all sessions.

Where is it offered?

Sessions are to be held online and/or in-person depending on the group size to ensure the health and safety of our communities at this time.




When are sessions?

We are looking at offering PEERS again starting in late 2022 or early 2023.

After an intake, teens and their guardians will attend 14 weekly group sessions. Each session will last about 90 minutes. While guardians attend group sessions where they are coached in supporting their teens, youth work with each other in separate, simultaneous sessions to learn and practice important social skills.

* Dates may vary depending on interest, staff availability and physical distancing needs.


    for the 14 week guardian and teen program

    We operate on a sliding scale fee model to ensure our services are accessible to all families.

    Internal bursaries may be available for families who qualify. Please see our Funding Page under Resources for more information.

    Please see our Funding Page under Resources for more information on third party grants and qualification criteria.

    Most of our programs qualify for BC Ministry Autism / ASD funding.

    Interested families should register as soon as possible as spaces will be on a first come first serve basis. 

    Families will be contacted in December to confirm placement within the program.

    Please note that this application does not guarantee admission into the program. 


    Email us or call us at 604-873-8139


    LDS would like to thank CLICK – Contributing to Lives of Inner City Kids for their generous support of this program.

    CLICK, and other donors, sponsors, and funders like them, make it possible for us to provide bursaries and affordable programs.

    If you would like to contribute to our bursary fund, please consider making a monthly or one time donation via our Giving Page. 

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