PEERS Registration Now Open!

PEERS Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for our 2021 PEERS group!  


What is PEERS? 

The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is world-renowned for providing evidence-based social skills treatment to preschoolers, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, and other socio-emotional problems. 

Please see our PEERS Program page for more details: https://ldsociety.ca/peers/ 


Who can benefit from PEERS? 

This program is suitable for teens between the ages of 13 – 15 who are motivated to improve their social skills and learn how to make and keep friends. Please note that we may expand the age group for this PEERS session based on interest, so if your child falls slightly outside of the age requirements but may still benefit from PEERS, we encourage you to apply!  


When will PEERS be offered? 

Parent and Teen sessions will run simultaneously on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. The program is 16 weeks long and will be held from January – April 2021.  


Where do the PEERS sessions take place?

Our Learning Centre in East Vancouver (3292 East Broadway). If required for public health and safety reasons, we may offer PEERS online.

How do I register for PEERS? 

Apply via our online application form.

Interested families should register as soon as possible as spaces will be on a first come first serve basis; we recommend applying before December 10, 2020. 

Families will be contacted in December to confirm placement within the program. Please note that this application does not guarantee admission into the program. 

 

Info Night on November 10th: Discover our New Program to Help Kids Make and Keep Friends

Info Night on November 10th: Discover our New Program to Help Kids Make and Keep Friends

LDS is pleased to announce that we are expanding our programming to address the need for social skills intervention!  
 
The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is world-renowned for providing evidence-based social skills treatment to preschoolers, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, and other socio-emotional problems. 

The Learning Disabilities Society will run a 16-week program that focuses on helping teens build confidence in making and keeping friends. 

Please join us online, via Zoom, on Tuesday, November 10th from 6 pm  7 pm to learn more about PEERS and get early access to our application form. If you are interested in attending this event, please register your interest.

 
 

PEERS Registration Now Open!

World’s only evidence-based social skills program for teens to launch at LDS this winter

The Learning Disabilities Society (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:

LDS is 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®) has been shown to be effective for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, and socio-emotional issues. (1)

PEERS® is a social skills intervention for motivated teens ages 13-18 and their guardians. After an intake, teens and their parents or caregivers will attend 14 weekly group sessions. Each session will last about an hour and a half. While guardians attend group sessions where they are coached in supporting their teens, youths work with each other in separate, simultaneous sessions to learn and practice important social skills like:

  • entering and exiting a conversation
  • using humour appropriately
  • handling disagreements with friends
  • managing teasing or rejection
  • friendly sportsmanship
  • how to be a good host during get-togethers and other skills (2)

A high degree of commitment from the whole family is important for program success. Studies have shown that “parents can have significant effects upon their child’s friendships, both in terms of direct instruction and supervision, as well as supporting their child’s development of an appropriate peer network.” (3)

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. Additionally, the same parent(s) or guardian(s) should attend each session with their teen. The results are worth the time and effort of participation.

Research studies indicate that PEERS® improves teen social skills and mental health symptoms, as well as family stress levels. (4)

If you are interested in participating in PEERS® with your child, please see our program page for more detailed information and to fill out an application form.

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(1) “The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®)” Program Fact Sheet, The Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine.
(2) “Social Skills Group For Adolescents” Teen Clinic Flyer, UCLA PEERS® Clinic.
(3) Elizabeth A. Laugeson, Fred Frankel, Catherine Mogil, Ashley R. Dillion, “Parent-Assisted Social Skills Training to Improve Friendships in Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders,” Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 39 (2009): 597.
(4) Christine T. Moody, Elizabeth A. Laugeson, “Social Skills Training in Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Lifespan, Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America 29 (2020): 363; Laura L. Corona, Cortney Janicki, Anna Milgramm, Kristin V. Christodulu, “Brief Report: Reductions in Parenting Stress in the Context of PEERS—A Social Skills Intervention for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (31 Aug 2019), https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-019-04201-y .

 

Register for PEERS® Social Skills for Teens today!Apply Here