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 will have one program (cohort) running this spring:
Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00. March 24 – July 7, 2022
$125 registration fee + transaction fees = $129.04
Please note that the Sinneave Family Foundation is providing provide partial coverage of the registration fee via a subsidy of $875. You are welcome to contact us to find out more information about this opportunity. You will be required to complete and submit an information form to Sinneave to be eligible to receive this subsidy
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 The program will be held at the University of Calgary, rooms 350 and 354 of the Education Complex. Should the need arise, we may transition to an online format via Zoom. Any such transition will be discussed with attendees in advance so they are aware.