PEERS® & SIGNA: Social Skills Groups for Teens and UMD Students with Autism
PEERS - High school teens
PEERS® (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) is a 14-week, 90-minute, evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens in high school who are interested in making and keeping friends. During each group session, teens are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in each session during socialization activities. Parents attend separate 90-minute sessions and are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends by helping to expand their teen’s social network and providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments. Registration for Fall 2019 will be opening in June.
For more information about PEERS®, contact Kathy Dow-Burger, M.A., CCC-SLP, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website.
EFFECT- High school teens
This program serves to help teens who have difficulty with the executive functioning skills that help them be more successful with home, school, and social activities. The teens who would benefit from these group and individual sessions are able to handle the academic rigor that high school and college offers, but fall short on the executive functioning pieces. The EFFECT program works best if the student's social skills are not a concern or have been addressed through our PEERS®program first.
For more information about EFFECT, contact Kathy Dow-Burger, M.A., CCC-SLP, email@example.com or visit the website.
SIGNA - UMD students
The University of Maryland's Social Interaction Group Network for UMD students with Autism (SIGNA) is now accepting UMD students for next semester. For more information, visit the SIGNA website. Also check out this Diamondback article about SIGNA, and Supporting Terps With Autism, a story featured on the BSOS website.
PEERS® Training Conference
In June 2017, UMARC held the first ever PEERS for Young Adults Training at the University of Maryland with Elizabeth Laugeson, Psy.D. Check out her book that was used for last year's training. In June 2018, UMARC hosted its second annual PEERS School-Based Training with Elizabeth Laugeson.
The PEERS® program is a new and updated program for young adults, particularly for college students who have a social communication disorder such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety Disorder, Depression and other social difficulties. The special focus was on academic and social interactions, friendships, and romantic relationships. Attendees were certified to administer PEERS® for Young Adults intervention in clinical settings.