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KOTM  provides a social skills class for teens with autism called PEERS. We are accepting anyone with autism ages 12-18 (middle or high schoolers). This class helps teens who have trouble making friends learn valuable skills about interacting with others. It’s also an opportunity to make long-lasting friendships with other teens in the PEERS program. 

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

The PEERS class will focus on the following areas:

  • 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

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).

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

Intakes for our September class are live. To sign up contact Katelyn Johnson at or call 801-221-9930 ext. 127