PEERS® (Programme for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) was developed at the University of California Los Angeles.
The group was created to be a parent-assisted social skills training for youth and young adults challenged with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, depression, anxiety, and the twice exceptional with social impairments.
The group is tailored for teens and young adults who are motivated to learn the ecologically valid skills (or what people who are socially accepted naturally do) that are proven to improve their abilities to make and keep friends.
The programme is a 16-week course that is delivered as close as possible to the clinical standards it was designed. It is now being offered internationally in over 30 different countries.
Parental participation is a key component of our PEERS® programme. Research shows that parental support, instruction, and supervision significantly benefit the development of friendships.
Parent groups run concurrent with teen/young adult groups at the same time and location.
Online programme now offered with additional supports which help maintain strong outcomes when participants follow the guidelines and practice. This also allows access to families that are not in the Dublin area!
This programme, developed by Elizabeth Laugeson at UCLA, has a strong evidence base for use with teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorders, but it is also appropriate for teens and young adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socioemotional problems.
Recent research has demonstrated that gains made over the course of this programme are maintained 3-5 years later (Laugeson et al., 2013).
Check out this article where a PEERS® Dating Boot Camp and Dr. Laugeson are featured from the Netflix series 'Love on the Spectrum':