PEERS Clinical Intervention
PEERS is an evidence-based and empirically-supported intervention designed to help motivated teens with ASD learn how to make and keep friends. Teens are taught and shown important social skills, and are given the opportunity to practice these skills during socialization activities. While teens are in their own session, parents/caregivers have their own facilitated sessions where they learn how to assist their teen by expanding their social network and providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments.
The program is designed for teens ages 13-18 with an autism spectrum disorder and without cognitive impairment who are motivated and interested to participate. Involvement includes parent/caregiver and teen attendance at all 14 sessions. Each session is 1.5 hours and is held weekly, and is run by a team of Registered Psychologists/Provisional psychologists and trained graduate students.
Dates and Times
We will have two programs (cohorts) running this fall:
Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00. September 14 – December 14, 2021
Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00. September 15 – December 15, 2021
$1000 registration fee + transaction fees = $1030.18
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 Provider. The program will be administered by four graduate student clinicians who are familiar with ASD and have been trained on the PEERS program and curriculum.
The program will be held at the University of Calgary, rooms 351 and 353 of the Education Complex. Should the need arise, we may transition to an online format via Zoom. Any such transition will be discussed with families in advance so they are aware.