Social Skills

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.


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 winter/spring cohort. One parent/guardian must commit to attending all sessions.


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.


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.

Program Description

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.

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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

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

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

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Thank you to our donors

Our donors play a vital role in sustaining our programming. We are so grateful for their continued support of children and youth in our community with learning differences.