"If you follow the guidelines, I guarantee you will see greater social success".
-John Elder Robinson, author and member of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee
“I used to think people didn’t like me. Nobody wanted to talk to me at my old school. I tried to make friends at first… but I didn’t know I was doing it wrong. I didn’t know what to say. I’d kind of stand there and they wouldn’t say anything, …and they’d look at me like I was weird. Then I just stopped trying. I used to cry about it, too. But now I know how to talk to people. I just find stuff that we like and talk about that. Like when they were talking about Twilight that day, I was like, ‘I can talk about that.’ So I did…and then they starting asking me questions. Now I know that’s how it works…that’s how you make friends.”
-From the book The Science of Making Friends. A socially anxious 14 year-old who completed PEERS®.
New Groups Beginning in Spring 2019!
We are accepting enrollment for a teen and young adult group starting in February. The young adult group will be held on Mondays and the teen group will be on Thursdays. Please call for more information.
On the PEERS®Model:
An Evidenced-Based Social Skills Program With Outstanding Outcomes
A Social Skills Group for Teens and Young Adults that Works!
**Craig McCullough is a certified Program for Enrichment and Enhancement of Relationships (PEERS) provider through the Semel Neuroscience Institute at UCLA.
Craig McCullough, LPC
PEERS® (Program 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.
Parental participation is a key component of our PEERS® program. 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.
Scientific evidence (including long term follow up studies) for the PEERS Model include:
-Decreased social anxiety
-Improved social skills related to cooperation, responsibility, and assertion
-Decreased autistic symptoms
-Improved friendship quality
Among the few social skills programs that exist, the vast majority do not provide evidence to support their claims of improving social skills, nor do they provide parent assistance. To date, the only known research-supported social skills program available for teens and young adults with ASD and other social challenges is PEERS®.