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 socio emotional problems.
Teens will learn about developing and maintaining friendships, conversational skills, using humor appropriately, handling teasing and bullying etc. 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 online. Our teacher, Ellen McCarty, is a certified PEERS® trainer, intervention specialist, education specialist and a mindfulness instructor. She has taught the PEERS® class for Opening Doors since 2018. During shelter in place, she successfully converted the class to virtual learning and used innovative strategies to keep students connected and engaged. Past students keep coming back because they truly enjoy the experience!