Join the PEERS® Social Skills Program

The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is a world-renowned evidence-based social skills program for adolescents and adults with autism, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and any other social challenges. PEERS® focuses on teaching concrete, actionable skills that participants can use in real-life social situations. The program also emphasizes the importance of social relationships for mental health and overall well-being and encourages participants to seek out and maintain meaningful connections with others.

The PEERS® program:

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Has been proven to boost social and psychosocial performance for individuals with neurodiversity and other social challenges

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Focuses on supporting social behaviour including assertiveness, and impulse-control, facilitating social acceptance

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Improves social acuteness due to focus of receptive and expressive social communication skills

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Builds perspective taking and empathy abilities due to improved social cognitive skills

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Increases engagement in social activities and subsequent building of friendships and decreased isolation

What does the 16-week program cover?

Participants will develop skills in:

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Initiating and holding two-way conversations

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Understanding humour and its appropriate use

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Forming and maintaining friendships

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Handling direct and indirect bullying

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Managing arguments & disagreements

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Dealing with rejection

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Organising get-togethers with friends

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Dating skills

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Strategies for handling sexual matters

Our PEERS® program runs groups for:

  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Intellectual disabilities

DELIVERED ONLINE:
This program is delivered online, allowing individuals to engage and acquire skills in their own comfortable setting.

The Role of the Social Coach:

The program’s success relies on the role of a ‘social coach’ who can be a parent, caregiver, or adult sibling of the participant. The social coach attends every week to learn how to support the teen or young adult effectively. Both the participant and the social coach must attend each session. (sessions for each group are run in separate breakout rooms). 

These sessions empower social coaches with the knowledge and skills to improve the participant’s social capacity. They also participate in the last part of each session to reinforce what has been learned. The social coach provides feedback to the participant through weekly homework tasks. Challenges are discussed during the social coaching group sessions, and coaches receive additional instruction on how to support participants with practice and constructive feedback.

Research Publications on PEERS®

www.semel.ucla.edu/peers/research

PEERS® program cost:

The cost of our 16-week PEERS® Program is $270 per week ($90 per hour), per group. The participant and social coaching group will be run at the same time with separate clinicians in individual breakout rooms.

This Program is inclusive of:

  • 90-minute social skills group
  • 90-minute training for the allocated social coach
  • A note summary at the end of each session
  • Frequent parent/carer mentoring and support session
  • Resources provided to support participant and social coach
  • Weekly homework tasks to build and develop skills between sessions

PEERS® is NDIS Supported

The NDIS supports individuals with social and emotional difficulties, decision making powers over the support services they receive. PEERS® can help participants meet their social, emotional and behavioural goals. These goals often will align with the NDIS plan goals. The PEERS® program can enable participants and their family’s capacity building in the following areas:

  • Social and Community Participation
  • Improved Relationships
  • Improved Daily Living Skills​
  • Improved Health and Wellbeing
  • Improved Learning
  • Improved Life Choices
  • Improved Relationships
  • Finding and Keeping a Job

    Core funding can be utilised in the following areas:

    • Social and Community Skills/Participation
    • Work

    We can accept clients who have self-managed and plan-managed NDIS packages. We cannot accept NDIA-managed plans. For more information, visit www.ndis.gov.au

    Interested in Joining the PEERS® program?

    Simply fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch!

    1300 950 992