Published in the ‘Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders’

A Randomized Controlled Trial to Improve Social Skills in Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: The UCLA PEERS Program


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Adults with Autism learn social skills in UCLA classes 

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Social Skills Program for Young Adults with Autism Shows Promise  

Published in ‘PEOPLE’

“Can Joey Make a Friend?”

Further Research Publications on PEERS®

  • Emotion Dysregulation and Anxiety in Adults with ASD: Does Social Motivation Play a Role? (Swain, et al., 2015) 
  • Examination of a Parent-Assisted, Friendship-Building Program for Adolescents With ADHD (Gardner, et al., 2015)
  • A Randomized Controlled Trial to Improve Social Skills in Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: The UCLA PEERS Program (Laugeson, et al., 2015)
  • Parent and Family Outcomes of PEERS®– A Social Skills Intervention for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Karst, et al., 2014)
  • Using a CBT Approach to Teach Social Skills to Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Social Challenges The PEERS® Method (Laugeson, et al., 2014)
  • The ABC’s of Teaching Social Skills to Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Classroom- The UCLA PEERS® Program (Laugeson, et al., 2014)
  • Long-Term Treatment Outcomes for Parent-Assisted Social Skills Training for Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorders- The UCLA PEERS® Program (Mandelberg, et al., 2014)
  • A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Korean Version of the PEERS® Parent-Assisted Social Skills Training Program for Teens With ASD (Yoo, et al., 2014)
  • Predicting treatment success in social skills training for adolescents with autism spectrum disorders- The UCLA Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (Chang, et al., 2013)
  • A Replication and Extension of the PEERS® Intervention- Examining Effects on Social Skills and Social Anxiety in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Schohl, et al., 2013)
  • Measuring the Plasticity of Social Approach- A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Effects of the PEERS® Intervention on EEG Asymmetry in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Van Hecke, et al., 2013)
  • Social Skills Training for Young Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders- A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study (Gantman, et al., 2012)
  • Evidence-Based Social Skills Training for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders- The UCLA PEERS® Program (Laugeson, et al., 2012)
  • Transition to Adulthood for High-Functioning Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Kapp, et al., 2011)
  • Parent-Assisted Social Skills Training to Improve Friendships in Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Laugeson, et al., 2009)

Helping teens & young adults 

make and keep friends

MN PEERS