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    FAU Center for Autism and Related Disablities: PEERS(R) Teen Program


    • Listing Type: Volunteer Opportunities
    • Category: Advocacy for Cause, People with Disabilities
    • Volunteer Type: Individual, With Parent/Guardian, Other
    • Minimum Age: 19
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    Florida Atlantic University's Center for Atlantic & Related Disabilities provides expert consulting, training and support, at no charge, for all people across all race, ethnic, and gender groups, with autism and related disabilities, their families, employers, the professionals and community and governmental agencies serving them.

    PEERS® is a social skills treatment group where teens learn how to make and keep friends. PEERS® is an evidence-based treatment program developed by UCLA to teach teens with high functioning ASD how to make and keep friends.

    Some of the topics that will be addressed over the course of treatment include:

    • Conversational skills
    • Finding common interests
    • Reciprocal conversation
    • Non-verbal communication
    • Electronic communication
    • Safety, Choosing friends
    • Extracurricular activities
    • Appropriate use of humor
    • Potential friends and rejection
    • Gettogethers
    • Good sportsmanship
    • Peer rejection
    • Teasing & bullying
    • Changing a bad reputation
    • Peer conflict

    Three local agencies have been trained in the PEERS® program and will be offering it in the Boca Raton/Delray Beach area, Wellington/Loxahatchee and Palm Beach Gardens/Jupiter.