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UCLA PEERS® CLINIC 

The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) was originally developed at UCLA by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, Founder and Director of the UCLA PEERS Clinic, and Dr. Fred Frankel in 2005 and has expanded to locations across the United States and the world. PEERS is a manualized, social skills training intervention for adolescents and young adults. It has a strong evidence-base for use with teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorders, but is also appropriate for teens and young adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socioemotional problems.

SERVICES:

  • PEERS for Teens: We offer a 14-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens in middle school or high school who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. For more information, please visit the PEERS for Teens section.
  • PEERS for Young Adults: We offer a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated young adults (18-28 years old) who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends, and to develop romantic relationships. For more information, please visit the PEERS for Young Adults section.
  • PEERS for Preschoolers: We are currently recruiting families to test the benefit of a social skills group (PEERS® for Preschoolers) for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder between 4 to 6 years of age. *For more information, please visit the PEERS for Preschoolers and Research sections.