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The Point/Arc Offering New Social Skills Group for Teens with Autism and Social Challenges

The Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati is the first organization in the region to offer the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) Social Skills Group for Young Adults course, helping teens with autism or other social challenges build and maintain lasting relationships. 
 
PEERS for Young Adults is a 12-week evidence-based social skills class for motivated young adults between the ages of 18-38 with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression, or other behavior disorders or social challenges. 
 
Throughout the class, young adults are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills, including: 
 
  • Conversational skills 
  • Electronic communication 
  • Handling direct and indirect bullying 
  • Handling arguments and disagreements 
  • Organizing get-togethers with friends 
  • Dating skills 
  • Strategies for handling sexual pressure 
 
The internationally acclaimed program was originally developed at UCLA by PEERS Clinic Founding Director Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson. The 12-week program will begin in the fall, and participants must attend each session with a social coach; which can be a parent, family member, adult sibling, job coach, or similar role-model. Social coaches will be taught how to best assist young adults in making and keeping friends by providing feedback during weekly homework assignments. 
 
"We have found that people with social learning challenges desire social interaction, even if they aren’t quite sure how to go about it. We also know that many of the young adults we serve have aged out of services upon high school graduation, but still need solid support around social communication," said Jennifer Wells, director of transition, employment and social communication at The Point/Arc. "The collaborative nature of PEERS offers families a helpful, unique approach to skill building and long-term success. We’re excited to be able to add PEERS to our Social Communication program."
 
The PEERS for Young Adults program will start on Tuesday, September 11 from 6 to 7:30pm. Enrollment in the class is limited and individuals must first participate in an intake appointment. The Point/Arc is offering intake appointments for the new program free of charge. The class is being offered at $135/week. For more information or to schedule an intake appointment, contact Jennifer Wells at 859-491-9191 or [email protected] 
 
-Staff report