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.

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 7th February 2022 @ 7-8.30pm

Teen Session: Tuesdays from 8th February 2022 @ 4.30-6.00pm

For 16 weeks finishing week beginning 30th May 2022

So your investment for the February 2022 intake is $2,640 (incl. GST) & 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 $165 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 February 2022 please send me an email @ 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.

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 24 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 7th February 2022 @ 5-6.30pm

Young Adult Session: Tuesdays from 8th February 2022 @ 6.30-8.00pm

For 16 weeks

So your investment for the February 2022 intake is $2,640 (incl GST) & 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 $165 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 February 2022 please send me an email @ vivian@adhdsupportaustralia.com.au.

 

Anna Dedousis-Wallace – Using the CPS Model for Challenging Behaviour

Using the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions Model to Understand & Find Solutions for Challenging Behaviour with Anna Dedousis-Wallace

Using the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions Model to Understand & Find Solutions for Challenging Behaviour with Anna Dedousis-Wallace

The Collaborative & Proactive Solutions Model (CPS) is an innovative, empirically-supported, evidence-based treatment developed by Dr Ross Greene from Harvard Medical School.

It is a non-punitive, non-adversarial, trauma-responsive model of care designed for families of behaviourally challenging children and teens. In this model parent and child work together to identify situations where something is getting in the way of the child doing well, and then collaborate on how to overcome them and find durable solutions.

The CPS model is based on the premise that concerning behaviour occurs when the expectations being placed on a child exceed the child’s capacity to respond adaptively.

So the emphasis of the model isn’t on children’s concerning behaviour – just the manner in which they are expressing the fact there are expectations they’re having difficulty meeting. The model focuses on identifying the skills the child is lacking and the expectations they are having difficulty meeting. Then the goal is to help children and caregivers solve those problems, rather than trying to modify children’s behaviour through application of rewards and punishments.

The goal is to foster a collaborative partnership between adults and children and to engage children in solving the problems that affect their lives. Being a non-punitive and non-adversarial model, the likelihood of conflict is decreased, relationships enhanced and communication improved.

Dr Greene’s approach is described in his various books, including The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found & Raising Human Beings.

Anna Dedousis-Wallace

Anna is a senior clinical psychologist and researcher at The Kidman Centre, University of Technology Sydney. Anna’s has had varied clinical experience over the years treating a range of disorders for children and adults. Her most recent research and clinical experience has focused on children with disruptive behaviour disorders, with the majority of these children also presenting with co-morbid ADHD. Anna is one of two certified trainers of CPS in Australia. She has used CPS to treat children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, within a large randomised controlled trial. Anna’s clinical and research interests are in the areas of disruptive behaviour disorders and ADHD. She has more recently enjoyed training school staff in the CPS model across rural and regional NSW.

The Kidman Centre at UTS is a mental health treatment and research unit specialising in evidence-based treatments for children, teenagers, young adults and their families and is Australia’s first accredited Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) clinic.

This talk will be highly relevant to parents, family members, teachers and other professionals working with children/young adults with challenging behaviours.

I invite you to join me in speaking with Anna to find out more about how this model can really help find solutions for the most challenging behaviours.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:

www.patreon.com/ADHDSupportAustralia

Join our Newsletter list to receive news of events/meetups:

http://eepurl.com/cgdNbz

The talk commences 7pm AEST (Sydney time) so if you are not in this time zone please check using this link what time this will be for you.

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. Therefore, I’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!

A Conversation with Dr Edward (Ned) Hallowell – ADHD Q & A

A Conversation with Dr Edward (Ned) Hallowell – ADHD Q & A

A Conversation with Edward (Ned) Hallowell – ADHD Q & A

What if instead of thinking of ADHD as a deficit and a disorder, we saw it for what it really is, a way of being in the world which with the right support can be a wonderful way of being?

Drs Hallowell and Ratey introduced a new term for ADHD in their latest book ADHD 2.0. It’s VAST, or Variable Attention Stimulus Trait. The old term with its emphasis on pathology, on a “deficit disorder” is inaccurate and stigmatizing. The new term is far more accurate, allowing for positive attributes, not just negative ones.

Join us in conversation with Dr Hallowell as he answers some ADHD questions and explains the rich and complex world of VAST and how a simple change in framing can set off an entire shift in thinking and treatment.

About Dr Hallowell

Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D. is a board-certified child and adult psychiatrist and world authority on ADHD. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Tulane Medical School, and was a Harvard Medical School faculty member for 21 years. He is the Founder of The Hallowell ADHD Centers in Boston MetroWest, New York City, San Francisco, Palo Alto and Seattle.

He has spent the past four decades helping thousands of adults and children live happy and productive lives through his strength-based approach to neurodiversity, and has ADHD and dyslexia himself.

Dr Hallowell is a New York Times bestselling author and has written 20 books on multiple psychological topics. The groundbreaking Distraction series, which began with Driven to Distraction, co-authored with Dr John Ratey in 1994, sparked a revolution in understanding of ADHD.

As the host of the twice-weekly Distraction podcast, Dr. Hallowell explores with guests how to better connect with others and how each of us can implement strategies that can turn modern problems into new-found strengths. He is also a sought-after international speaker and has presented to thousands on topics including the strengths of ADHD, strategies on handling fast-paced life, parenting and a range of other pertinent family and health issues.

Dr Hallowell has been featured on 20/20, 60 Minutes, Oprah, PBS, CNN, The Today Show, Dateline, Good Morning America, The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Time Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe and many more. He is a regular columnist for ADDitude Magazine.

This talk will be highly relevant to adults with ADHD, parents, family members, teachers and other professionals working with neurodiverse children/young adults.

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:

www.patreon.com/ADHDSupportAustralia

Join our Newsletter list to receive news of events/meetups:

http://eepurl.com/cgdNbz

The talk commences 9.45am AEST (Sydney time) so if you are not in this time zone please check using this link what time this will be for you.

(Dr Hallowell is calling in from Massachusetts, USA where the time will be 7.45pm Wed 8th September if you’re in the USA)

https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/

I look forward to seeing you there – Vivian

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

Register Now

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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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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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Waking Up to the Role Of Sleep in ADHD

Research shows the largest group of all age groups with ADHD have an evident sleep problem. Yet, often in Mental Health practice, sleep disorders with ADHD are perceived as a symptom of rather than having a causal effect. Accumulating research suggests that if we first help patients with their sleep, this can go a long way in overcoming symptoms of ADHD as well as helping indications of Depression or Anxiety. neuroCare Clinical Director and Psychiatrist, Dr Mark Ryan recently co-wrote an article published in the Journal of Neurotherapy, with an enlightening view on the role of sleep in ADHD.

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