About Our Curriculum
The Social Skills Girls follow the PEERS® Curriculum. The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is world-renowned for providing evidence-based social skills treatment to preschoolers, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, and other socio-emotional problems.
First developed at UCLA by PEERS® Clinic director, Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, the program has expanded to locations across the United States, has been translated into over a dozen languages, and is used in over 80 countries across the globe.
During each group session, participants are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during socialization activities. Social coaches (such as parents or reliable, willing friends) attend separate sessions right after the participant has met with the Instructor. Social coaches are taught how to assist the participant in making and keeping friends by helping to expand their social network and providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments.
INSURANCE AND CLASSES
We do not view our participants as their medical diagnosis. Therefore, we do not bill insurance directly. Please know that while we do not discourage insurance use, there are important factors to know when billing insurance. Insurance companies require a mental health diagnosis that stays on your permanent health record in order to receive social skills. Insurance companies typically dictate how many sessions you may receive and the type of therapy you can receive. This is part of why we offer courses/classes as opposed to therapy. We believe what is right for you should be decided between you and your Instructors.
Q: Who can take the classes?
A: Anyone! These classes are ideal for those with social delays, but anyone seeking this training is encouraged to complete an intake to determine the best class placement.
We have several groups running at a time and will place participants in groups as appropriate according to age, social needs, availability, and group dynamics.
Q: How does it work?
A: We require all participants to go through an intake process involving an over the phone interview. We meet with the participant and their social coach to determine if we would be a good fit for you or if we could suggest something else that would be a better fit. Once we determine our classes are a good fit, we’ll make sure to answer any questions before your first class!
Q: What’s a social coach?
A: A social coach is someone who commits to helping the participant throughout the length of the course. It is typically a parent or caregiver, but may be anyone reliable and dependable. We provide training to the social coaches after each course with the participants so the social coaches know how to help the participant apply their skills outside of session.
Q: What materials do I need to participate?
A: Individuals need to have the following equipment:
Web camera with a microphone – Many laptops come with this standard feature. You can also purchase one at any computer/electronics store.
High speed internet – Our online classes require high speed internet connection. Please check with your current provider to see if it is capable for streaming live Zoom sessions.
Social Coach – Every participant will receive social assignments and will need a social coach in order to participate. Social coaches participate post-class and help participants practice skills outside of class. Social coaches attend at no costs!
- Motivation – Participants must be motivated and interested in learning new ways to make and keep friends.
Q: What are the requirements to attend?
A: Participants and their social coaches (e.g., parents, willing coworker) will go through an over the phone intake with one of our Instructors or Social Coaches to determine fit on an individual basis.
Participants must have good attendance and be able to attend most classes. If you think you may miss 2 or more sessions, please let us know, and we can explore other dates to accommodate you.
Social coaches must be willing to participate. We require social coaches to attend a training for the 30 minutes following the participant’s class. We teach you how to assist the participant in making and keeping friends. Each participant is allowed one social coach.
Q: What is the difference between programs?
A: For the Adolescent program, participants must be in middle school or high school.
For the Young Adult program, participants must have graduated high school.
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