Helping teens & young adults
make and keep friends
PEERS® Social Skills Program
The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) was originally developed at UCLA by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, Founder and Director of the UCLA PEERS®Clinic, and Dr. Fred Frankel. Since its inception in 2005, PEERS® has expanded to locations across the US and around the world. PEERS® is a manualized, social skills training intervention for adolescents and young adults. It has a strong evidence-base for use with teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorders, Asperger syndrome and similar social and communication challenges but is also appropriate for other populations.
Recent research has demonstrated that gains made over the course of this program are maintained 3-5 years later (Laugeson et al., 2013).