What is PEERS?

PEERS® stands for Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills.

The PEERS® program is an internationally acclaimed, evidence-based social skills group program for adolescents and young adults with social challenges.

Originally developed by Dr Elizabeth Laugeson at the University of California (UCLA) PEERS®, the programme has a strong evidence-base for use with adolescents and young adults with Aspergers/ASD, but is also highly appropriate for those with ADHD, anxiety, depression, learning difficulties, those who may be twice exceptional or gifted and talented or indeed anyone experiencing social challenges.

The program assists motivated teens and young adults with social challenges who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends.

Explicitly teaching how to navigate common social challenges allows the formation of more positive relationships.


Teens/Young Adults learn how to …

  • Develop & maintain friendships
  • Improve conversational skills
  • Choose appropriate friends & find common interests
  • Appropriately use electronic forms of communication
  • Appropriately use humour & assess humour feedback
  • Start, enter & exit conversations between peers
  • Organise successful get-togethers with friends
  • Be a good sport when playing games and/or sports with friends
  • Handle arguments & disagreements with friends
  • Handle rejection, teasing, bullying, rumours/gossip & cyber bullying
  • Change an unwanted reputation
  • Dating Skills (Young Adults Program only)
  • ADHD Support Australia is excited to be offering a stand alone 6-week Online Dating Skills Program (NSW time)


For further information about PEERS, please book in a Zoom call here and we’ll get the ball rolling.

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