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©2018 by Opening Doors PTA

2960 Hallmark Drive, Belmont CA 94002


Opening Doors PTA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your charitable gifts are tax-deductible. 

PEERS® Social Skills Class

Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is a manualized, social skills training intervention for youth with social challenges.  

It has a strong evidence-base for use with adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder, but is also appropriate for those with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socioemotional problems. Find out more here


During the 16-week program, students from 6th to 8th grade are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during socialization activities (e.g. playing sports, board games, etc.). They will also learn mindfulness meditation, a wonderful method for students who are shy, highly sensitive or who have social pragmatics challenges to connect with each other. Having a quiet space to connect with and develop friends can protect students from social isolation and other stresses. Long-term mindfulness practice also increases attention span and overall well-being

Our teacher, Ellen McCarty, is a certified PEERS® trainer, intervention specialist, education specialist and a mindfulness instructor. She has led secular family mindfulness workshops throughout the San Francisco Bay Area since 2011. A former senior mindfulness instructor for the non-profit Mindful Schools, she aims through various endeavors to create a social safety net for vulnerable K-12 youth.

*The meeting space is provided as a community service by the City of Redwood City. The City neither sponsors nor endorses this event nor the presenting individual or organizations.


Redwood Shores Public Library, Meeting Room B, 4-6pm (Wednesdays)


Sept. 25, 2019

October 9, 2019

October 23, 2019

November 6, 2019

November 20, 2019

December 11, 2019

January 8, 2020

January 22, 2020

February 5, 2020

February 26, 2020

March 11, 2020

March 25, 2020

April 15, 2020

April 29, 2020

May 13, 2020

May 27, 2020

Cost: Free* (Thanks to the generous support of our donors and the Redwood City Library, we will be offering this class free of charge)

Age: 6th grade to 8th grade kids with social anxiety or high-functioning autism

Registration starts in August