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 years with ASD or social challenges. Children must speak consistently in phrases/sentence of four or more words.  Parents attend separate sessions held at the same time as their preschoolers and are taught how to help their children to make and keep friends.

  • Accepting applications
  • Limited enrollment
  • 16 one-hour weekly sessions 
  • Regular attendance is imperative
  • Program participants commit to the full 16-week session
  • Parent participation is required

To apply to the PEERS for Preschoolers program, Click Here

For questions, call 240-424-0184 or email

Program Overview:

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 variety of games and activities designed to rehearse newly learned skills and reinforce skill development in a natural setting.

Parents simultaneously attend separate sessions where they 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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