PEERS Social Skills for Teens Online Program

PEERS Social Skills for Teens Online Program

ADHD Support Australia is excited to offer PEERS® Social Skills for Teens via Telehealth starting 17th 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:  Wednesdays from 17th February 2021 @ 7-8.30pm

Teen Session: Thursdays from 18th February 2021 @4.30-6.00pm

For 16 weeks finishing on Thursday 3rd June 2021

So your investment for the February 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
* 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 a future course, please leave your details here.

If you’d like to join the program in February 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 starting 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.

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 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 teen?

Teens 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:  Wednesdays from 17th February 2021 @ 7-8.30pm

Young Adult Session: TBC

For 16 weeks

So your investment for the February 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 a future course, please leave your details here.

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

 

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.

Parenting Your ADHD Child 6-week Online Course (with Group Zoom Calls)

PARENTING CHILDREN WITH ADHD 6-WEEK ONLINE (with Group Zoom calls)

INVESTMENT: $249 

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

Term 1 starts:  MONDAY 8th FEBRUARY 2021

This course, which is offered once each Term (4 x per year), differs from the Start Anytime course offered in that it includes 6 weekly group Zoom calls where you can discuss the week’s modules and ask questions with myself and the other parents taking the course. Also included is an exclusive Facebook group where participants can further communicate and share ideas/ask questions. Otherwise the content is the same as the Start Anytime course.

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
  • Access to a private Facebook forum exclusive to the group
  • A parenting ADHD Action Plan e-work book
  • Less stress & more parenting confidence
  • Weekly online group Zoom calls
  • Connecting with other ADHD parents

The course is presented by Vivian Dunstan – Founder of the ADHD Support Australia, qualified teacher and course facilitator, certified PEERS Social Skills for Teens & Young Adults coach, 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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Dr James Read, The Grove Health – Nutritional Influences on ADHD – ONLINE

ONLINE EVENT

Dr James Read, The Grove Health – Nutritional Influences on ADHD

Our November online speaker is Dr James Read who will be discussing Nutritional Influences on ADHD.

This talk will explore how optimisation of diet and nutrition in a child-focussed, individualised manner can transform ADHD symptoms and provide an opportunity to achieve a happier, healthier child and family.

Dr Read is a teaching faculty member and the former Vice President of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine.

He has numerous post graduate qualifications including Fellowships in General Practice, Rural General Practice, Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, a Master Degree in Public Health majoring in Nutrition and post graduate qualifications as a GP anaesthetist. He works both in chronic disease focussing on lifestyle nutrition and environmental factors as well as in acute rural and remote medicine where he provides locum anaesthetic and emergency medicine services to rural remote and indigenous communities.

He is an internationally renowned presenter in clinical nutrition having taught in India, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

His real focus is on providing holistic healthcare integrating the best of nutritional, environmental and lifestyle medicine alongside mainstream western medicine in all his patients.

Approaches to treatment include examining and modifying lifestyle factors including diet, sleep and stress management. He also examines toxin exposure and utilises detoxification, nutritional supplementation including intravenous and individually compounded nutrients and hormonal therapies to treat a variety of clinical conditions.

ADHD Support Australia is now endorsed to provide NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher level.

So attending talks will contribute 1 hour 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development addressing 6.2.2 from Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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 membership platform at:  https://www.patreon.com/ADHDSupportAustralia

Click here to subscribe to the Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cgdNbz

Parenting Your ADHD Child 6-week Course – ONLINE

PARENTING CHILDREN WITH ADHD 6-WEEK ONLINE

INVESTMENT: $199 

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

Term 4 starts:  MONDAY 12th OCTOBER 2020

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
  • Access to a private Facebook forum exclusive to the group
  • A parenting ADHD Action Plan e-work book
  • Less stress & more parenting confidence
  • Weekly online group Zoom calls
  • Connecting with other ADHD parents

The course is presented by Vivian Dunstan – Founder of the ADHD Support Australia, qualified teacher and course facilitator, mentor and, most importantly, an experienced ADHD parent.

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

Register Now

Online ADHD Support from ADHD Support Australia

COVID-19 has unfortunately impacted many services, but thankfully the foundations laid at ADHD Support Australia in 2019 in creating an online platform to support those across Australia, means that during this time of social distancing online ADHD Support can be easily accessed, including the monthly expert speaker evenings that were previously held at Pittwater RSL. 

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How to Beat Isolation Boredom and Increase Happiness with Drumming

People of all ages with ADHD tend to be way more susceptible to boredom than others. But being in self-isolation or lock down doesn’t mean all hope is lost!

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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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.

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

Register Now

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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