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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314-529-5683.