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PEERS® – Social Skills Group

January 9 @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm

PEERS® (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) is a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for socially motivated teens in grades 9-12 (Ages 14-17) who are interested in learning skills to help them make and keep friends. During each group session teens are taught relevant social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills while in group.

During the course of this 16 week program, teens will learn how to:

  • use appropriate conversational skills
  • be a good host during get-togethers
  • find common interests by trading information
  • make phone calls to friends
  • appropriately use humor
  • choose appropriate friends
  • enter and exit conversations between peers
  • be a good sport
  • handle rejection, teasing, and bullying
  • handle arguments and disagreements
  • handle rumors and gossip
  • change a bad reputation

During each PEERS® session, there will be a facilitator-led parent group, which will run simultaneously to the teen group. Parents will be taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends, by providing feedback and coaching during weekly homework assignments. Snacks will be provided.

Teen and Parent attendance is required at each session. 

  • Schedule: Group runs from 6:00 – 8:00 pm every Wednesday from January 9th – April 24th, 2019
  • Participant Age: Grades 9—12 (Ages 14-17)
  • Region: Available to families living in Peel & Halton Region.
  • Cost: $320
  • Location: Kerry’s Place Autism Services, Kennedy Road Resource Centre, 6660 Kennedy Road, Unit 6, Mississauga, ON
  • Diagnosis: ASD. Intake must be completed with Kerry’s Place Autism Services.
  • Support Needs: This group is designed for individuals who are able to participate with minimal support. The individual may need some prompts to stay on task, and is able to communicate wants and needs effectively. The individual does not require a lot of behavioural redirection.

Pre-Registration: Deadline to pre-register is December 2nd, 2018

Pre-registration does not guarantee a space in the PEERS® social skills group. Following pre-registration, a lottery draw and pre-screening will be conducted by Kerry’s Place staff to determine group participants. To be eligible, the teen and parent/caregiver must successfully complete the screening process.

To pre-register for the PEERS® group, please email: CWRregistration@kerrysplace.org


January 9
6:00pm - 8:00pm
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