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 adolescents (Grades 6-8 and 9-12) with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or other social challenges. Topics of instruction included in the PEERS© for Adolescents 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, etiquette for outings, 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, peer mentor, counselor, or any other person involved in the student’s social life. Each week during the program the adolescents 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, RBT, COTA/L.
Free Information Session
Join the instructors for a free information session to learn more about the program. Both parents and adolescents are welcome to attend. The info session will be Tuesday, June 16 at 6 p.m. in the Trutter Center at LLCC’s main campus.
Please pre-register here: https://forms.gle/dsgsiTgqWtmGKQgQ6
Grades, Dates, Time
Grades 6-8: Tuesdays, 8/25/20 – 10/13/20; 6 – 8 p.m.
Grades 9-12: Tuesdays, 10/20/20 – 12/15/20; 6 – 8 p.m., no class 11/3/20
Fee, Registration Process
$499 (includes student and social coach) . Must register in person. Call 217-786-2432 to schedule a registration appointment. Class sizes are limited.
Eligible students must:
· in grades 6-12 during the 2020-2021 school year
· 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.