Peers

(Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills)

Does your teen want to learn how to make and keep friends? Then the PEERS program might be for you!

PEERS is a 14 week evidence-based social skills intervention program (split into two 7 week blocks). During each group session teens are taught the social skills required for making friends and given a chance to practice these skills.

Parents are taught how to assist their children in making and keeping friends by providing feedback through coaching during the practice tasks throughout the week.

The topics teens will learn about include:

  • How to use appropriate conversational skills
  • How to choose appropriate friends
  • How to appropriately use electronic forms of communication
  • How to appropriately use humour and assess humour feedback
  • How to start, enter and exit conversations between peers
  • How to organize successful get-togethers with friends
  • How to be a good sport when playing games/sports with friends
  • How to handle arguments and disagreements with friends and in relationships
  • How to handle rejection, teasing, bullying, rumours/gossip, and cyber bullying
  • How to change a bad reputation

Parent and teen sessions are held at the same time but in different rooms. On the days with only a teen session parents are not required to stay.

Age group:

12-18 years

Who for:

Teens who want to learn how to make and keep friends including teens with:

- High functioning Autism / Asperger’s Syndrome
- Anxiety Disorders
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Anger management difficulties
- Other general challenges with friendships, team work, conversations or staying calm

Cost:

$87.79 for a 30 min individual initial assessment | $87.80 per teen session (14 sessions of 90 mins) | $82.60 per parent session (8 sessions of 90 mins over 14 weeks)

Contact:

Email: enquiries@novita.org.au
Phone: 1300 668 482