POPARD PEERS Social Skills Intervention Program

Helping Teens with ASD Make and Keep Friends
Feb. 8 - May 24, 2018 | Thursdays, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm | Richmond, BC

   For teens with ASD who want to initiate and develop friendships

Using the PEERS© evidence-based social skills program and facilitated by POPARD consultants with PEERS certification, teens and their parents will meet in separate groups during this 14-session program. The teen group will go through the lessons and roleplays while parents learn strategies to support their teen at home. Topics include two-way conversation, get-togethers and more.

  Location: Pacific Autism Family Network in Richmond, BC
  Administration Fee: $100
  Session Leaders: POPARD's PEERS-certified instructors.
  Who Attends: Parent and Teen aged 12-13.
Acceptance is subject to an intake interview for program suitability


  • 100% attendance by parent and teen is required.
  • Teen committed to social practice that will be assigned weekly.
  • Parent committed to supporting and encouraging teen to complete weekly social practice.
  • Teen, not parent, is motivated to initiate and develop friendships.
  • Both teen and parent are available for initial meeting and interview.
  • Good communication skills, including basic conversation skills.
    About PEERS and the curriculum

Program for the Evaluation and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERSĀ®) is an evidence-based social skills intervention out of UCLA. The curriculum was designed by Dr. Elizabeth A. Laugeson to support teenagers in middle and high school who are having difficulty making or keeping friends.

The curriculum runs for 14 sessions with each week focusing on a different topic.
The topics introduced include:

  • Trading information
  • Two-way conversation
  • Electronic communication
  • Choosing appropriate friends
  • Appropriate use of humour
  • and more.

    Separate Group Meetings for Parents and Teens

There will be a teen group and a parent group running at the same time each week. The teens will go through the lessons and role-play the skills while the parents will learn strategies to support their child at home.


To book an Intake Meeting please click on the Intake Form button below.

For details, contact Bernardus Larryant .

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