New PEERS Group Forming at Mercy Kids Autism Center

December 5, 2019

Middle and high school years are difficult for most teens, but some need a little extra help. That's why Mercy Kids Autism Center is beginning a new session of PEERS, a program for teens 12-18 years old, mid January.

PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) is a 16-week, evidence-based social skills program for motivated middle and high school teens with ADHD, high-functioning autism, social pragmatic communication disorder and related neurodevelopmental disorders.

Skills taught over the course of the intervention include how to:

  • Use appropriate conversational skills
  • Use humor appropriately
  • Use electronic communication
  • Enter and exit conversations
  • Be a good host during get togethers
  • Be a good sport
  • Handle arguments and disagreements
  • Change a bad reputation
  • Handle rumors and gossip
  • Handle rejection, teasing and bullying

For more information, and/or to schedule a social communication eligibility evaluation, email Alicia Giesing at alicia.giesing@mercy.net or call 314-529-5683.

The PEERS Program will be based on the PEERS Treatment Manual: Socail Skills for Teenagers with Developmental and Autism Spectrun Disorders.
The PEERS Program will be based on the PEERS Treatment Manual: Socail Skills for Teenagers with Developmental and Autism Spectrun Disorders.

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