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Fall session applications are now closed.  NEXT GROUP STARTS IN JANUARY.

KOTM  provides a social skills class for teens with autism called PEERS. The group is for teens ages 12-18 (middle or high schoolers). This class helps teens who have trouble making friends learn valuable skills about interacting with others.

  • 14 Week Course
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday evenings
  • Teen group & parent group

TOPICS:

  • Trading Information
  • Two-way Conversations
  • Electronic Communication
  • Choosing Appropriate Friends
  • Appropriate Use of Humor
  • Entering/Exiting a Conversation
  • Hosting Get-Togethers
  • Good Sportsmanship
  • Dealing with Teasing
  • Dealing with Bullies
  • Handling Disagreements
  • Rumors and Gossip

  • Insurance coverage may be available
  • Private pay rates are $400 for the entire 14 week teen and parent group which includes a graduation party

Teen Group

  • 20 minute homework review
  • 25 minute lesson
  • 30 minute skill practice/activity
  • 15 minute reunification 

Parent Group

  • 50 minute homework review
  • 25 minute lesson
  • 15 minute reunification 

PEERS originally started at UCLA and had a high proven success rate. At the end of the 14 week program, teens with autism reported having more peer interactions outside of school and increased the number of get-togethers they hosted. Some even showed a significant decrease in their autism symptoms (related to social responsiveness) after attending PEERS (Laugeson, Frankel, Gantman, Dillon & Mogil 2011).

The group doesn’t just involve the teenagers, however. It requires parent involvement so that the students can continue to learn outside of the group. This helps teens obtain social skills that are long-lasting and will positively affect the rest of their lives.

Fall applications are closed. Next group starts in January. To sign up contact Mia Pieper at mpieper@kotm.org or call 801-221-9930 ext. 209

Click here to watch founder of PEERS, Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, share her tips on how to combat bullies.