Program for the Educational and Enrichment of Relational Skills® – CAAT PEERS®
The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills, is an evidence-based social skills intervention program. The groups support those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other social disorders who have difficulty with peer interactions and relationships. It has a strong evidence-base for use with adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder, but is also appropriate for preschoolers, adolescents, and young adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socioemotional problems.
PEERS differs from other social skills programs in that it is:
- Includes parents
- Is structured like a class and not a therapy group
- Teaches ecologically valid social skills based on how socially successful individuals behave
- Breaks down social skills into understandable steps taught in an effective way
- Builds in the generalization of skills to “real life” settings and for the teen and young adult programs it teaches skills that transfer to the workplace.
We offer three PEERS programs at our center, CAAT PEERS® for TEENS, CAAT PEERS® for YOUNG ADULTS, and CAAT PEERS® for PRESCHOOLERS.
PEERS® for Preschoolers (Ages 4-6)
This is an empirically supported, parent-assisted social skills program for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other social challenges who have difficulty in their peer interactions and friendships. Children are taught fundamental play and social skills through a live puppet show, followed by a range of games and activities that will support the newly learned skills. Parent sessions will consist of parent-coached play to maximize parent training.
Enrollment process: Online application, phone conversation with a clinician, play date before the group
Application Deadline: Spring Group- March 1, 2018 Fall Group- September 14, 2018
Start Date for next group: March 2018
For more information about PEERS® for Preschoolers, please click HERE.
PEERS® for Teens (Ages 13-18)
The Teens group involves motivated teens in middle school or high school who are interested in learning how to make and keep friends. Through didactic instructions, live demonstrations, and extensive practice teens are taught important social skills. It requires parent involvement where they learn how to assist their teens outside of the group setting.
Enrollment process: Online application, phone conversation with clinician, in-person intake with clinician
Application Deadline: Spring Group- February 16, 2018 Fall Group- September 14, 2018
Start Date for next group: February 20, 2018
For more information about PEERS® for Teens, please click HERE.
PEERS® for Young Adults (Ages 18-29)
PEERS® for Young Adults is for motivated young adults who are interested in learning how to make and keep friends, navigate social interactions, manage conflict and rejection and developing romantic relationships. Young Adults are taught these skills through didactic lessons and role play models. Parents are taught how to assist their young adults in these areas and provide feedback through social coaching.
Enrollment process: Online application, phone conversation with clinician, in-person meeting with clinician
Application Deadline: Spring Group- February 21, 2018 Fall Group- September 14, 2018
Start Date for next group: February 27, 2018
For more information about PEERS® for Young Adults, please click HERE.
Unstuck and On Target®
Unstuck and On Target® (Ages 7-12) is an evidenced-based and parent-assisted curriculum designed to improve flexibility in children with autism and ADHD. Both groups will be taught strategies that they can work on together to improve the generalization of skills. Children will participate in engaging activities to practice their new skills, while parents learn the Unstuck strategies through lectures, role-playing, and observation of the group.
Enrollment process: Online application and meet & greet
Application Deadline: Spring Group- December 15, 2018 Fall Group- September 14th
Start Date for next group: January 31, 2018
For more information about Unstuck and On Target, please click HERE.
Sibling Support Group
This is a group tailored for siblings (Ages 7-14) of children with special needs or Autism Spectrum Disorders. Having a sibling with autism spectrum comes with unique opportunities, but also challenges that can create complex feelings. Siblings often feel left out, overlooked, or feel the pressure to be the more mature and responsible child. This group will provide the opportunity to support the entire family by teaching coping strategies and communication skills to improve relationships with parents and siblings.
For more information about the Sibling Support Group, please click HERE.
Parent Support Group
The Parent Support Group is for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This is a support group where parents can develop networks, and share coping strategies and community resources. Social challenges or an autism spectrum diagnosis can be difficult to manage without ongoing support. CAAT offers parent support groups as well as other resources to consider.
For more information about the Parent Support Group, please click HERE.
Transitions X/Young Adult Transition Program
This program is for adolescents and young adults with social and self-regulatory difficulties, and those who are struggling with the transition to independence and adulthood. The program’s goal is to help students define and meet their own goals as they transition to adult life – whether it be college, vocational training, or employment. The program will help strengthen the core skills needed to succeed in independent living settings. These skills include self-understanding, self-regulation, social competence and confidence, academic readiness, executive functioning, navigation of daily life, and self-advocacy. For more information about our Transitions X program, please email Dr. Black or call us at (240) 424-0184.