PEERS®
for Young Adults

Social Skills Group for Young Adults

presented by Hope 4 Autism

WHAT MAKES PEERS UNIQUE?

PEERS® stresses the importance of developing and maintaining friendships for young adults with autism.

The benefits of healthy, meaningful friendships include:


• Buffering the impact of stressful life events
• Building self-esteem
• Increasing independence and learning self- advocacy
• Reducing the incidence of depression

and anxiety

YOUNG ADULTS WILL LEARN ABOUT:

    • Using social media and online platforms to develop and maintain friendships
    • Conversations skills
    • How to enter and exit conservations
    • Electronic communication
    • Using humor appropriately
    • Organizing get-togethers
    • Being a good sport
    • Dating Etiquette
    • Handling disagreements
    • Changing a bad reputation
    • Handling teasing and bullying

Participation Requirements

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder or similar diagnosis with an IQ of 70 and above
  • Have friendship problems
  • Young adults ages 18-35 years old
  • Young adults must be interested in attending the program
  • Young adults must consistently attend the program
  • Young adults must agree to participate voluntarily in the program
  • Young adults must have a consistent social coach willing to attend the program each week
  • Young adults will need to be able to sit through 90 minutes of instruction

How can I apply to participate?

  • Call our office at 573-664-1711 or Luann@hope4autism.org to complete a brief phone screen with a member of our staff, and subsequently receive an enrollment packet.
  • Complete and return your enrollment packet.
  • Come to Dress 2 Impress to complete an intake appointment with our director to determine if our program is appropriate for you and your young adult.
  • You can review the PEERS Program at www.semel.ucla.edu/peers/young-adults
When / Where do groups meet?
  • Duration: 16 weeks
  • Planned Days: Tuesday
  • Planned Terms: January/September
  • Planned Frequency: Tuesday sessions: 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Groups will meet online/ in-person @ Dress 2 Impress Farmington, MO

How much does it cost?

  • $100 deposit to reserve seat
  • Balance of $400 due prior to first class meeting
  • For questions about eligibility or to begin the enrollment process, please call 573-664-1711