Friendship is a very important part of life. We all know that the teenage years are an important and exciting time for to meet new people and make social connections, and we also know that social pressure is high for teens in middle and high school. Making and keeping friends may be especially hard for teenagers with autism, anxiety, ADHD, or depression. Did you know that having just one friend can have a positive impact on our mental health and well-being? It’s true! I love this program because it empowers teens to find their people, and gives them practical tools for making those connections.
The PEERS program is really special because it is specifically designed to help teenagers navigate their tricky social world, and empowers them with strategies for common challenges like teasing and bullying. In addition, there is a parent group where parents are able to learn the same skills as their teen, and they can support their teenager when putting the strategies to use. It is an evidence-based treatment because it has been successful in helping kids make and keep friends!
If you’re interested for yourself or a teenager you know, please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask questions! You can shoot me a message through the website here, or call the number on the flyer below for more information and to set up a screening interview.