PEERS© – Program for the Education and Enrichment of Social Skills
The PEERS© (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Social Skills) curriculum is a social skills training program for young adults (Ages 18-30) with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or other social challenges. Topics of instruction included in the PEERS© for Young Adults curriculum include: conversational skills, strategies for handling peer pressure, appropriate use of humor, electronic communication, group conversational skills, good sportsmanship, planning get-togethers with friends, dating etiquette, and handling teasing, bullying, arguments and disagreements.
To promote day-to-day application of the skills learned in this program, social coaches are required to participate in the program alongside each student. A social coach may be a family member, life coach, friend, partner, peer mentor, counselor, or any other person involved in the student’s social life. Each week during the program the young adults will meet both together and separately from the social coaches, each learning relevant skills to complement each other.
This program is presented by Jen Frakes MA, BCBA, Mary Pelich-Kelly MS, and Joy Ferry MS, COTA/L.
Date, Time, Location
Tuesdays, January 14 – May 12, 2020, 6-8 p.m. No class 3/10 or 3/24
Eligible students must:
· be between the ages of 18-30
· struggle with acquiring or maintaining friendships
· be able to successfully learn in a small group environment
· be able to speak in full sentences
· be motivated to participate in the program
· committed to regular attendance.
Fee, Registration Process
$995 (includes student and social coach) – payment plans are available. Must register in person. Call 217-786-2432 to schedule a registration appointment. Class size is limited.