Presentation Title

PEERS® for Young Adults: An Evidence-Based Caregiver-Assisted Social Skills Intervention

Highest Degree of Primary Presenter

Master's Degree

Presentation Abstract

PEERS® for Young Adults is the first evidence-based group treatment program for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as other developmental disorders and social challenges. It is a 16-week caregiver-assisted program designed for young adults 18-30 years old who are interested in learning skills to make and keep friends and develop romantic relationships.

PEERS® provides a critical step forward in the dissemination of effective behavioral interventions for young adults in sixteen engaging group session outlines that are both user-friendly and backed by empirical research. Each session is accompanied by homework assignments and practice suggestions designed to reinforce the group’s understanding of the skills learned during each meeting. This resource is an invaluable reference for any provider working with this population.

This presentation will provide participants an overview of the program including the following topics;

• Review of the social deficits among adults with ASD •Importance of improving friendship and romantic relationships •Limitations of existing social skills interventions •Effective methods of social skills instruction •Overview of PEERS® curriculum •Summary of research findings •Current and proposed research



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PEERS® for Young Adults: An Evidence-Based Caregiver-Assisted Social Skills Intervention

PEERS® for Young Adults is the first evidence-based group treatment program for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as other developmental disorders and social challenges. It is a 16-week caregiver-assisted program designed for young adults 18-30 years old who are interested in learning skills to make and keep friends and develop romantic relationships.

PEERS® provides a critical step forward in the dissemination of effective behavioral interventions for young adults in sixteen engaging group session outlines that are both user-friendly and backed by empirical research. Each session is accompanied by homework assignments and practice suggestions designed to reinforce the group’s understanding of the skills learned during each meeting. This resource is an invaluable reference for any provider working with this population.

This presentation will provide participants an overview of the program including the following topics;

• Review of the social deficits among adults with ASD •Importance of improving friendship and romantic relationships •Limitations of existing social skills interventions •Effective methods of social skills instruction •Overview of PEERS® curriculum •Summary of research findings •Current and proposed research