Relationships

Relationships

Relationships

Transitions recognizes the importance of social presence and how difficult developing social skills may be for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and learning differences. This series, which is derived from the evidence-based and widely-recognized PEERS (Program for the Evaluation and Enrichment of Relational Skills) program, developed by UCLA’s Elizabeth Laugeson, Psy.D., and Fred Frankel, Ph.D., ABPP, empowers students in the social arena. Content will be supplemented by the FriendMaker app, also developed by Dr. Laugeson, which includes skills such as entering, maintaining and exiting conversations, using electronic forms of communication and choosing appropriate friends. Other topics include how to handle teasing, bullying and other forms of social rejection, plus how to handle arguments and criticism from friends. Social skills, such as how to host appropriate gatherings with friends and how to be a good sport, will also be discussed. Course content is applicable throughout life, college and career.