PEERS Social Skills for Teens Online Program

PEERS Social Skills for Teens Online Program

ADHD Support Australia is excited to be offering two PEERS® Social Skills for Teens groups via Telehealth starting 15th February 2021.

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 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 a bad reputation

PEERS® social skills for teens program details

PEERS® Social Skills for Teens is a 16-week online program for teens aged 13-17 who experience social challenges and are interested in learning new ways of making and keeping friends.

In weekly 90-minute online small group sessions, teens are taught important social skills and given the opportunity to practise these skills during socialisation activities in the session.

Parents or caregivers attend online 90-minute weekly small group sessions separately to their teens and are taught how to become their teen’s social coach – supporting them in practicing their new skills at home, coaching them during their weekly socialisation homework assignments and providing feedback.

Sessions are relaxed & fun whilst using evidence-based skill-teaching methods …

* Small group (7-10 participants)
* Safe environment where everyone finds success
* Didactic instruction (concrete easy to follow rules & steps)
* Socratic questioning method (a question/answer dialogue to draw out ideas)
* Teaches ecologically valid skills (skills that socially successful people use)
* Correct/Incorrect role play examples
* Role-playing and modelling practice of correct skills (behaviourial rehearsal)
* Perspective-taking questions targeting social cognition
* Social coaching from both course facilitators & parent(s)/carer(s)
* Homework exercises (with parent/carer assistance)
* Each session builds upon the previous week

Meet your social coach

Vivian Dunstan

* Certified PEERS Adolescent & Young Adult Social Skills course provider
* Masters of Teaching (Primary)
* Facilitator of Parenting Children with ADHD 6-week course since 2015
* Former RAISE mentor
* Founder & Organiser of ADHD Support Australia
* Advocating for & supporting the ADHD community since 2013
* Organiser of 80+ expert ADHD talks
* Author of ADHD Support Australia’s website
* Experienced Mum who’s navigated 23 years with an ADHD child, teen and now young adult

Is PEERS right for my teen?

Teens must …

* be between 13-17 (for the duration of the course)
* have social challenges
* be interested in attending the program
* agree to participate in the program voluntarily
* consistently attend the program; and
* a parent/carer must be willing to participate as the teen’s social coach

I want to help my teen improve socially – what now?

To help your teen improve their confidence socially and go on to create and maintain more meaningful connections email me vivian@adhdsupportaustralia.com.au and leave your number and best time to be contacted and I will call you for a confidential 15-minute phone screen to assess suitability for the program and to answer any questions.

Following this call, to ensure the PEERS® program is a good fit for your teen and that they will feel comfortable attending and have positive outcomes, I’ll meet you and your young person one-on-one to understand their needs as well as what your family are seeking to achieve before you enrol in the program.

Parent Session:  Mondays from 9th August 2021 @ 7-8.30pm

Teen Session: Tuesdays from 10th August 2021 @ 4.30-6.00pm

For 16 weeks finishing week beginning 23rd November 2021

So your investment for the August 2021 intake is $2,400 & includes:

* 1hr intake interview
* 16 x 90 min parent sessions
* 16 x 90 min teen sessions
* Weekly handouts/homework assignments
* Teen incentive prizes ($10 voucher for the weekly winner)
* Support throughout the 16-week program

Great value at $150 per week for the 2 x 90 minute sessions!

NDIS funding is available for this program depending on your particular plan.

If you’re not able to attend on the above dates/times but are interested in joining on a different day/time or a future course, please leave your details here or email me.

If you’d like to join the program in August 2021 please send me an email to vivian@adhdsupportaustralia.com.au.

 

PEERS Social Skills for Young Adults Online Program (18-30)

PEERS Social Skills for Young Adults (18-30) Online Program

ADHD Support Australia is excited to offer PEERS® Social Skills for Young Adults via Telehealth 9th August 2021.

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.

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 a bad reputation
* Dating etiquette/skills

PEERS® social skills for young adult program details

PEERS® Social Skills for Young Adults is a 16-week online program for those aged 18-30 who experience social challenges and are interested in learning new ways of making and keeping friends.

In weekly 90-minute online small group sessions, attendees are taught important social skills and given the opportunity to practise these skills during socialisation activities in the session.

Parents or caregivers or elected social coaches attend online 90-minute weekly small group sessions separately to the young adult and are taught how to become a social coach – supporting them in practicing their new skills at home, coaching them during their weekly socialisation homework assignments and providing feedback.

Sessions are relaxed & fun whilst using evidence-based skill-teaching methods …

* Small group (7-10 participants)
* Safe environment where everyone finds success
* Didactic instruction (concrete easy to follow rules & steps)
* Socratic questioning method (a question/answer dialogue to draw out ideas)
* Teaches ecologically valid skills (skills that socially successful people use)
* Correct/Incorrect role play examples
* Role-playing and modelling practice of correct skills (behaviourial rehearsal)
* Perspective-taking questions targeting social cognition
* Social coaching from both course facilitators & parent(s)/carer(s)
* Homework exercises (with parent/carer assistance)
* Each session builds upon the previous week

Meet your social coach

Vivian Dunstan

* Certified PEERS Adolescent & Young Adult Social Skills course provider
* Masters of Teaching (Primary)
* Facilitator of Parenting Children with ADHD 6-week course since 2015
* Former RAISE mentor
* Founder & Organiser of ADHD Support Australia
* Advocating for & supporting the ADHD community since 2013
* Organiser of 80+ expert ADHD talks
* Author of ADHD Support Australia’s website
* Experienced Mum who’s navigated 23 years with an ADHD child, teen and now young adult

Is PEERS right for my young adult?

Young adults must …

* be between 18-30 (for the duration of the course)
* have social challenges
* be interested in attending the program
* agree to participate in the program voluntarily
* consistently attend the program; and
* a parent/carer/social coach must be willing to participate as the young adult’s social coach

I want to help my young adult improve socially – what now?

To help your young adult improve their confidence socially and go on to create and maintain more meaningful connections email me vivian@adhdsupportaustralia.com.au and leave your number and best time to be contacted and I will call you for a confidential 15-minute phone screen to assess suitability for the program and to answer any questions.

Following this call, to ensure the PEERS® program is a good fit for your young adult and that they will feel comfortable attending and have positive outcomes, I’ll meet you and your young person one-on-one to understand their needs as well as what your family are seeking to achieve before you enrol in the program.

Parent Session: Mondays from 9th August 2021 @ 5-6.30pm

Young Adult Session: Tuesdays from 10th August 2021 @ 6.30-8.00pm

For 16 weeks

So your investment for the August 2021 intake is $2,400 & includes:

* 1hr intake interview
* 16 x 90 min parent sessions
* 16 x 90 min young adult sessions
* Weekly handouts/homework assignments
* Support throughout the 16-week program

Great value at $150 per week for the 2 x 90 minute sessions!

NDIS funding is available for this program depending on your particular plan.

If you’re not able to attend on the above dates/times but are interested in joining this or a future course, please leave your details here or email me.

If you’d like to join the program in August 2021 please send me an email to vivian@adhdsupportaustralia.com.au.

 

Dr Mona Delahooke – Beyond Behaviours – Live Online Q & A

Dr Mona Delahooke – author of the break-through book ‘Beyond Behaviours: Using Brain Science & Compassion to to Understand & Solve Children’

Dr Mona Delahooke – Beyond Behaviours – Live Online Q & A

We have another very special guest speaker joining us in April for a live online Q&A!

Dr Mona Delahooke – author of the break-through book ‘Beyond Behaviours: Using Brain Science & Compassion to to Understand & Solve Children’s Behavioural Challenges’, is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 30 years experience caring for children and their families.

She is a frequent speaker, trainer, and consultant to parents, organisations, schools, and public agencies and has dedicated her career to promoting compassionate, relationship-based, neuro-developmental interventions for children with developmental, behavioural, emotional, and learning differences.

Over the last 30 years, as a psychologist, Dr Delahooke became increasingly concerned about the shortcomings in how we help children and teens with behavioural challenges and developmental differences. She believes many of our current approaches are out-dated, since they were developed well before the “decade of the brain”, which provided a wealth of knowledge about how humans develop psychological resilience and informed us how to apply this knowledge to behaviourally challenged and neuro-divergent children.

This talk will be highly relevant to parents, family members, teachers and other professionals working with children with ADHD or behavioural challenges.

I invite you to join me in speaking with Dr Delahooke, who is leading a movement that insists we do better for our vulnerable children by using cutting edge brain science, emotional development, compassion and HOPE.

Please send your question for Dr Delahooke to vivian@adhdsupportaustralia.com.au

Her website is https://monadelahooke.com

To find out more/book tickets see link in bio.

www.adhdsupportaustralia.com.au/events

Unable to attend and would like to see a recording of this and past talks?

Check out our Patreon membership site:

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The talk commences 11am AEDT (Sydney time) so if you are not in this time zone please check using this link what time this will be for you.

(Dr Delahooke is calling in from LA where the time will be 8pm Wed 28th April if you’re in LA)

https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/

I look forward to seeing you there – Vivian

PS – for teachers in NSW please be advised that NESA have changed their criteria for NESA PD providers and ALL providers who were accredited are now no longer accredited. ThereforeI’m unable to offer teacher PD for this event as I have in the past but it is highly relevant to teachers so please come along and invite your colleagues!

Dr Russell Barkley – 14 Best Principles for Raising a Child with ADHD

ONLINE EVENT
March speaker: The World’s foremost authority on ADHD – Dr Russell Barkley – 14 Best Principles for Raising a Child with ADHD

Our March online speaker is:

Dr Russell Barkley – 14 Best Principles for Raising a Child with ADHD

As he approaches the end of his career, Dr. Barkley, the world’s foremost authority on ADHD, decided to distill the major principles that parents need to know to raise a child with ADHD to be a more contented and effective individual while sustaining the bond of the parent-child relationship. From reviewing all newly published research on ADHD weekly, to his familiarity with the extensive past research on the disorder, from his teaching thousands of professionals worldwide through more than 800 invited lectures across more than 30 countries, and helping thousands of families directly with their ADHD children in his practice, he pulls together the essential ideas parents need to know. Some of these deal with parent’s attitude or mental stance toward their child and toward ADHD, others deal with how best to address the deficits in executive functioning and self-regulation, and still others address behaviour management issues. His lecture is based on his recently published book of the same title (2021, Guilford Publications). A truly seminal lecture that has yielded standing ovations from appreciative audiences internally, it is one professionals and parents do not want to miss.

Please note that due to the time difference between the US and Australia, Dr Barkley has pre-recorded this lecture for ADHD Support Australia and will not be speaking live.

About Dr Barkley

Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center (2016-2020). He is also a retired Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center (1985-2002) and subsequently worked as a Professor of Psychiatry and Health Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (2003-2016). In semi-retirement, he continues to lecture widely and develop continuing education courses for professionals on ADHD and related disorders, as well as consult on research projects, edit The ADHD Report, and write books, reviews, and research articles. He is board certified in Clinical Psychology (ABPP), Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN, ABPP). Dr. Barkley is a clinical scientist, educator, and practitioner who has published 27 books, rating scales, and clinical manuals numbering more than 43 editions, and creator of 7 award winning professional videos. He has also published more than 300 scientific articles and book chapters related to the nature, assessment, and treatment of ADHD and related disorders. He is the founder and Editor of the clinical newsletter, The ADHD Report, now in its 29th year of publication. Dr. Barkley has presented more than 800 invited lectures in more than 30 countries and appeared on nationally televised shows such as 60 Minutes, the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, and many others. He has received numerous awards from professional societies and ADHD organizations for his lifetime achievements, contributions to research and clinical practice, and the dissemination of science.

His website is www.russellbarkley.org.

If you are unable to attend the talk please join our Newsletter list to receive a copy of any available slides and be kept up-to-date with future ADHD news & events or alternatively gain access to a video recording of the talk by joining our Patreon membership platform. Check out our other talks and events on the website.

Emma Pratt: Navigating Relationships for Youth and Young Adults with ADHD

ONLINE EVENT

Our February online speaker is Emma Pratt, Psychologist, Co-Founder of Nala Hub Psychology Practice with a talk titled:

Unpolished Gems: Navigating the Rocky Terrain of Relationships for Youth and Young Adults with ADHD

Having ADHD in modern life can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. This notion holds true in the domain of relationships be it, romantic, in the workplace or everyday friendships. The bottom line is (and the reality), at some point living with ADHD can negatively impact close relationships in an individual’s life, and even more so in the vulnerable earlier years of life.

The proverb “a gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials” epitomises the lessons and challenges of navigating relationships that pop up every day for our young people living with ADHD. This proverb also inspires us to believe that as they go through these rough times, they can come out shining.

You are invited to join Emma Pratt, Co-Founder of Nala Hub Psychology and Clinical Psychologist, for an enjoyable, relatable and very real discussion about how to bring out the sparkle in our “gems” living with ADHD – and how best to navigate those relationship challenges.

If you are unable to attend the talk please join our Newsletter list to receive a copy of the slides and be kept up-to-date with future ADHD news & events or alternatively gain access to a video recording of the talk by joining our Patreon membership platform.

Where Do I Find ADHD Support Online?

COVID-19 has unfortunately impacted many services and you may be asking where do i find ADHD Support online?  Thankfully the foundations laid over the last year or so at ADHD Support Australia in creating an online platform to serve the ADHD community across Australia, means that during this time of social distancing and restrictions, ADHD Support can be easily accessed online, including the monthly expert speaker evenings that were previously held at Pittwater RSL. 

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Parenting Your ADHD Child 6-week Course – ONLINE (Start Anytime)

PARENTING CHILDREN WITH ADHD 6-WEEK ONLINE (START ANYTIME)

INVESTMENT: $149 

6-week ONLINE course developed specifically for parents/carers managing children with ADHD

STARTS ANYTIME

The course has been developed specifically for those managing children with ADHD.

The goal is to inform and empower you to work with your child to cope with the many difficulties of ADHD by passing on practical, workable strategies that will make a difference in the lives of all family members.

The course environment promotes engagement through non-judgment, empathy and acceptance.

You’ll find greater empathy & understanding for your child’s perspective and with effective strategies on board you’ll increase confidence in your parenting skills.

This course has been running face-to-face in Sydney for around 4 years, and now I have been able to move it online so that everyone can have access to these important resources!

You’ll learn…

  • To understand your ADHD child’s world
  • Why & how it affects your family
  • Reasons for challenging behaviours
  • Learn practical behaviour management strategies
  • How to become a good child manager
  • How to create better routines & relationships
  • Collaborative and Proactive Solutions model
  • How to use rewards & consequences appropriately
  • How to manage difficult behaviour
  • Tools to help decrease stress & anxiety in your home
  • More about treatment options & medication
  • How to optimise sleep
  • How to work with your child’s school
  • How to build your child’s self-esteem
  • Effective self-care practices
  • Improved family problem-solving

You’ll enjoy…

  • Videos, audio snippets, PDF handouts and worksheets in easy-to-access bite sized modules
  • Weekly handouts and lifetime access to course information
  • A parenting ADHD Action Plan e-work book
  • Less stress & more parenting confidence

The course is presented by Vivian Dunstan – Founder of the ADHD Support Australia, qualified teacher and course facilitator, PEERS Social Skills Coach, former RAISE mentor and, most importantly, an experienced ADHD parent and ADHD adult.

Parenting Children with ADHD Course is based on a course developed by the Institute of Family Practice but contains so much more from Vivian’s own personal experience and research with ADHD.

For more details contact Vivian on vivian@adhdsupportaustralia.com.au

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In these uncertain times many people, both with and without ADHD, are certainly feeling disrupted and experiencing heightened levels of anxiety, stress, loneliness, depression and fear.

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Adult ADHD – How Does It Feel?

Imagine you have a car….. You don’t remember how you actually got the car but you have had it for as long as you can remember, even before you learned to drive. You’re now on your black license, your learner days are behind you and there is no experienced driver sitting beside you in the passenger seat guiding and supporting you.

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How Does Your Light Environment Impact ADHD, Sleep & Mental Health?

On reviewing the literature it’s clear that mental health disorders are more often than not tied to poor sleep quality and disrupted circadian rhythms.  Our circadian rhythms are tied to the natural cycles of light and dark which means the wrong type of light at the wrong time of day or night can disrupt our circadian rhythms and thereby impact our sleep negatively.

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