PEERS® Social Skills Group for Adolescents
(and Middle School)

PEERS® for Adolescents is a 14-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens in middle and high school who are interested in learning new ways of making and keeping friends. This internationally acclaimed program, used in over 35 countries, was originally developed at UCLA by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson.


During each group session, teens are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during socialization activities. Parents attend separate sessions at the same time and are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends by helping to expand their teen’s social network and providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments.


PEERS® may be appropriate for teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression or other social and behavioral disorders. Parent participation is required.

Teens will learn how to:

• Use appropriate conversational skills
• Use humour appropriately
• Use electronic communication
• Enter & exit conversations
• Be a good host during get-togethers
• Be a good sport
• Handle arguments and disagreements
• Change a bad reputation
• Handle rumors and gossip
• Handle rejection, teasing and bullying


Group Leaders

Kathy Bruno, Speech Pathologist, from Speech Plus Speech Pathology

Hollie Fisher, Occupational Therapist from My Life Occupational Therapy

Alex Laffin, Social Worker

When it is Held?

Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:30pm

Our first program will commence on Wednesday 11th August and finish on Wednesday 24th November.  There will be no sessions during the school holidays.

At least one parent or caregiver must be available to attend with each child

Sessions are held at the Speech Plus Speech Pathology Clinic, at 2 Chelsea Lane, Redlynch.

Who can Enrol

Children ages 11-17 can apply.  The program is suited to autistic teens and any other children who have difficulty forming and maintaining friendships and using social skills.

The 2021 group will not include children who have an intellectual impairment.  Participants also need to have a reasonable level of verbal skills.

Contact us at Speech Plus Speech Pathology and let us know that you are after further information on the PEERS program.  We will be more than happy to speak with you to determine if this program is right for you and your child.

How to Enrol

Where can I get more information about PEERS?

The UCLA PEERS Clinic Website, where the program was established and has been widely researched.

The Definition Diverse Website, where training in Australia is facilitated.

An article in People Magasine

An article on Science Daily

An article on The Examiner

An article on US News and World Report


An article on the NBC

Or contact us for a list of journal articles which outline the evidence-base for the program.