Social Skills – PEERS®
A PEERS® SOCIAL SKILLS PROGRAM:
- PEERS is one of two social skills programs in the U.S. that is both evidence-based and accessible to schools, according to a research study by the Cochrane Collaboration
This unique social skills program was generated based on the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®), which is an evidence-based Social Skills Intervention developed by UCLA’s Elizabeth Laugeson, Psy.D. and Fred Frankel, Ph.D.
Some of the Goals for PEERS® include: using appropriate conversational skills, finding common interests by trading information, appropriately using humor, handling rejection and teasing, changing a bad reputation, slipping into a conversation, and dealing with cyber bullying and preventive strategies.
Parents and mentors get involved too. They are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends by providing feedback through coaching during weekly homework assignments.
Building Block Resolutions, Inc. (BBR) classes are modeled after UCLA’s Children’s Friendship Program, an ecologically validated methodology to make and maintain friends. During social skills classes, your child/teen will learn and practice new skills in active social exchanges with other group members.
Groups for parents or mentors will be conducted concurrently to assure generalization of the skills after class.
What Your Child Will Learn:
- Conversational skills
- How to use humor
- How to change a bad reputation
- How to slip into a conversation
- How to handle rejection and teasing
- How to deal with cyber bullying and preventive strategies
- How to handle rumors and gossip
- Good sportsmanship
- How to choose appropriate friends
- How to have successful get-togethers
- How to handle arguments and disagreements
- “Theory of mind” and perspective taking
Research behind our approach shows great improvement in the areas of:
- Social skills
- Group activities with other teens
- Perspective taking
- Executive functioning and social cognition
Our Social Skills Program is a scientifically validated 14- to 16-week program designed for children, adolescents and young adults diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socio-emotional problems and their parents and mentors. The main focus is learning ways to make and keep friends.
· BBR offers a 12 to 14-week evidence-based social skills intervention for children between 5 and 10 years of age diagnosed with ASD, ADHD and other developmental delays who have difficulty in their social/peer interactions as well as making and maintaining friendships.
· BBR offers a 12 to 14-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated adolescents in high school who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends.
· BBR offers a 12 to 14-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated young adults (18 to 30 years old) who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends and develop romantic relationships.