Courtney Carlisle Bolton, PhDSpeech-Language Pathology Communication Health Assistants
The Science of Making Friends: The UCLA PEERS Program
Intermediate: Social deficits are known to be a significant problem for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD, social anxiety, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Yet very few evidence-based social skills programs exist for high-functioning individuals with these conditions. In this interactive and lively presentation, Courtney Carlisle Bolton of the UCLA Semel Institute will be providing an overview of PEERS, an empirically supported social skills program for teens and young adults and their parents. Additionally, a brief overview of an adaptation of the treatment program for toddlers will be provided. Within the framework of solid research evidence, concrete rules and steps of social etiquette will be highlighted to promote the development and maintenance of friendships for youth struggling with these skills.
Age groups: Pre-School, School-Aged and AdultVoir les détails