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NOW TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR OUR VIRTUAL SEPTEMBER GROUP! Classes will begin September 9, 2020. APPLY NOW! 

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.

  • Teen group from 3:30-5:00 PM
  • Parent Group from 6:00-7:30 PM
  • Groups will be held on Wednesday for 14 consecutive weeks.
  • Teens and parents are expected to complete the entire 14 week program.  If more then 2 weeks will be missed, we recommend waiting for a future 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 $560 for the entire 14 week teen and parent group which includes a graduation party

Teen Group

  • Teen must be able to participate in Zoom learning independently or with minimal adult support.
  • 20 minute homework review
  • 25 minute lesson
  • 30 minute skill practice/activity

Parent Group

  • 50 minute homework review
  • 25 minute lesson

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.

SEPTEMBER applications are now open. To learn more and 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.

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