PEERS-YA Clinical Intervention
PEERS-YA is an evidence-based and empirically-supported intervention designed to help motivated young adults with ASD learn how to make and keep friends. Young adults are taught and shown important social skills, and are given the opportunity to practice these skills during socialization activities. While young adults are in their own session, parents/caregivers have their own facilitated sessions where they learn how to assist their young adult by expanding their social network and providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments.
The program is designed for young adults ages 18+ with an autism spectrum disorder and without cognitive impairment who are motivated and interested to participate. Involvement includes parent/caregiver and young adults attendance at all 16 sessions. Each session is 1.5 hours and is held weekly at the University of Calgary.
Dates and Times
We are looking to set up a group for winter 2022, between January and April, depending on enrollment. Please contact us here if you are interested.
$1000 registration fee
Please note that the Sinneave Family Foundation may be able to provide partial coverage of the registration fee via a subsidy. You are welcome to contact us to find out more information about this opportunity.
This intervention is overseen by Dr. Adam McCrimmon, R.Psych. Dr. McCrimmon is an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary and the Director of the Autism Spectrum Education, Research, and Training (ASERT) lab. He is a Certified PEERS and PEERS-YA Provider. The program will be administered by five graduate student clinicians who are familiar with ASD and have been trained on the PEERS-YA program and curriculum.
The program will be held in the Education Complex at the University of Calgary. More details on the specific location will be provided prior to a group beginning.