Group Treatment Programs

Program for the Educational and Enrichment of Relational Skills® – CAAT PEERS®

Peers

The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS), is an evidence-based social skills intervention program. PEERS groups support those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 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 ASD, 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:

  • Evidence-based
  • Includes parents
  • Structured like a class, 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 teaches teens and young adults skills that transfer to the workplace

We offer three PEERS programs: CAAT PEERS® for Teens, CAAT PEERS® for Young Adults, and CAAT PEERS® for Preschoolers.

PEERS® for Preschoolers (Ages 4-6)

An empirically supported, parent-assisted social skills program for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other social challenges who have difficulty with peer interactions and friendships. Children learn and practice fundamental play and social skills through puppetry and various cooperative games and activities. Parent sessions, held simultaneously, offer coached play training to maximize and build on skills being introduced.

Enrollment process: Submit an online application, complete a phone intake with our clinician, attend a play date before group sessions begin
Application Deadline: Currently accepting applications
Start Date for next group: TBD
For more information about PEERS® for Preschoolers, please click HERE.

PEERS® for Teens (Ages 13-18)

The Teens group involves motivated teens in middle and 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. This group requires parent involvement, where parents learn how to assist their teens outside of the group setting.

Enrollment process: Submit an online application, complete a phone intake with our clinician, attend an intake appointment (parent and client) prior to group sessions
Application Deadline:  Currently accepting applications
Start Date: Groups typically begin in February and September
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 develop romantic relationships. Young adults learn 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: Submit an online application, complete a phone intake with our clinician, attend an intake appointment (parent and client) before group begins
Application Deadline: Currently accepting applications
Start Date: Groups typically begin in February and September
For more information about PEERS® for Young Adults, please click HERE.

Unstuck and On Target® (Ages 8-11)

Unstuck and On Target® is an evidenced-based, parent-assisted curriculum designed to improve flexibility in children with autism and ADHD. Parents and children learn and practice strategies to work together to improve the generalization of skills. Children participate in engaging activities that emphasize new skills, while parents are taught Unstuck strategies through lecture, role-playing, and observation of the child group.

Enrollment process: Submit an online application, complete a phone intake with our clinician, attend a meet & greet (parent and child)
Application Deadline: Currently accepting applications 
Start Date:  Groups typically begin mid-February and September
For more information about Unstuck and On Target®, please click HERE.

Sibling Support Group

Having a sibling with special needs or ASD 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. We offer sibling support (ages 7-14) through group or one-on-one counseling to help the entire family learn coping strategies and communication skills to improve relationships with parents and siblings.

For more information about Sibling Support, please click HERE.

Parent Support Group

The Parent Support Group is for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Through this network, parents can develop connections, 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 and other resources for families 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 participants 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 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 our office at (240) 424-0184.

 

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