for Young Children with Social Challenges


PEERS® for Preschoolers is a 16 week parent assisted social skills intervention program for children between the ages of 4-6 with ASD or social challenges.  Children must speak consistently in phrases/sentence or 4 or more words.  Parents attend separate sessions at the same time and are taught how to help their children to make and keep friends.

  • Currently enrolling for Spring 2018 Group.
  • Program length 16 weeks.
  • Enrollment is limited.
  • Group instruction is provided in English.
  • Regular attendance is imperative. Parent participation is required.

To apply to the PEERS for Preschoolers program please Click Here

Please call 240-424-0184 or email to begin the enrollment process.


Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) for Preschoolers is a 16-week empirically-supported, parent-assisted social skills treatment program for young children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other social challenges who have difficulty in their peer interactions and friendships.

During each group session, children are taught fundamental play and social skills through a live puppet show, followed by a range of games and activities designed to rehearse newly learned skills and reinforce skill development in a naturalistic setting.

Parents simultaneously attend separate sessions and are taught how to help their children make and keep friends by acting as social coaches outside of the group. To maximize parent training, each session includes parent-coached play, consisting of mock play dates between group members, during which parents receive performance feedback from the treatment team on their social coaching.

Topics of instruction include how to:

  • Listen and follow directions
  • Ask for and use friends’ names
  • Greet friends
  • Share and give turns to friends
  • Ask for turns during play
  • Keep cool when upset during play
  • Be flexible, cooperative during play
  • Be a good sport
  • Sustain play interactions
  • Ask friends to play
  • Join ongoing game play
  • Transition to new play activities
  • Ask for help and help friends
  • Maintain appropriate body boundaries

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