The PEERS Program

Does your student struggle to make and keep friends, communicate with others, or read social cues? MY Education Guru is a certified provider of UCLA’s Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS). The PEERS program is for adolescents and young adults with social challenges that teaches social ecological skills—skills that are needed in day-to-day interactions with others.

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What is PEERS?

PEERS is an program that helps adolescents and young adults with social challenges more effectively socialize, communicate, and manage conflict in their peer group. PEERS was designed to serve students with socioemotional challenges—including those with ADHD, anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), depression, and learning differences.

The PEERS program is:

  • An evidence-based approach: Developed through research and verified with clinical and statistical data, PEERS has been documented to raise social skills in teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). [1]
  • A manualized program: The 16-week curriculum consists of defined course materials and activities that have been carefully developed and rigorously tested.
  • Delivered by high-quality organizations: A PEERS clinic program is delivered at UCLA, the University of Maryland, Fresno State, and the University of Utah, as well as other institutions across the country.

[1] “Results indicate that teens receiving PEERS significantly improved their social skills knowledge, social responsiveness, and overall social skills in the areas of social communication, social cognition, social awareness, social motivation, assertion, cooperation, and responsibility…”, from Laugeson, E.A., Frankel, F., Gantman, A. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2012) 42: 1025. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-011-1339-1

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What Are Socio-Ecological Skills?

Skilled socializing is complex—it requires not just specific behaviors and perceptions, but also the ability to flexibly apply them in different contexts. The social-ecological model seeks to integrate instruction in specific social behaviors (eye contact, asking questions, modulating volume, interpersonal distance) into their ecological context, the kinds of social interactions young adults face every day.

The PEERS program includes units of instruction in:

  • Using appropriate conversational skills.
  • Choosing friends.
  • Appropriately using electronic forms of communication.
  • Appropriately using humor and assessing humor feedback.
  • Entering and exiting conversations between peers.
  • Organizing successful get-togethers with friends.
  • Developing better sportsmanship
  • Handling arguments and disagreements with friends.
  • Handling rejection, teasing, bullying, rumors/gossip, and cyber bullying
  • Changing a bad reputation.

These skills are all extremely important in all forms of relationships, from simple friendships to business settings to romantic relationships. With these skills, a teen will find themselves with more self-esteem, more independence, and better able to cope with stress. Without these skills a person can find themselves socially isolated, which has shown to be a contributing factor to anxiety, depression, and other emotional and physical health problems.

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The PEERS Program at My Education Guru

The PEERS program meets for 90-minute sessions once a week for sixteen weeks. During these sessions, students are taught social-ecological skills, and then use them in social activities—playing games, holding conversations, and role-playing situations. The PEERS program at the MEG Learning Center also offers follow-up “homework” socialization assignments and other opportunities for social interaction.

The Learning Center’s PEERS program differs from other clinics teaching social skills in that it not only teaches the young people involved but their parents as well. Our PEERS program teaches parents how to be good coaches, giving them tools and strategies to reinforce what their children have learned in the program. With their parents’ continued coaching, students who have gone through the PEERS program show remarkable retention of the social skills they have learned, both in short-term and long-term follow-ups.

For students attending the MEG School, PEERS training is an excellent supplemental experience. PEERS can be invaluable in helping students with socio-emotional difficulties take full advantage of the MEG school’s teaching methods, which involves a great deal of mentoring, peer-to-peer work, and collaboration.

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How Can I Enroll in PEERS?

You can start the enrollment process by calling us at (424) 276-1524. We will ask you a few screening questions and set an intake appointment for you and your teenager. Your teen must be middle- or high-school-age and have experienced consistent social difficulties. Your teen does not need to have a diagnosed disorder to enroll in our PEERS classes. Your teen must be an interested and willing participant to benefit from PEERS training, meaning they must come voluntarily and be willing to engage in the activities and training in the sessions. Parents must be willing and able to coach their teens between sessions. Consistent attendance is a requirement.

We schedule new PEERS programs frequently. Sessions are held once a week for 16 weeks, usually in the evening, at our facilities. For information on our current schedule, call us at (424) 276-1524 or email us at info@myeducationguru.com. Class size is limited, so call soon to ensure the best chance of securing a space at our next session.

Dates:

February 13th-May 29th, 2019
Held every week at either 4:30pm-6:00pm or 6:30pm-8:00pm.

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