Parent assisted programme for training social skills in young adults with ASD.

The UCLA Peers programme

Peers is a new, cutting-edge, manualised social skills intervention for adolescents and young adults. Created by Elizabeth Laugeson, the 14-week parent-assisted programme has a strong evidence-base for use with teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorders and aims to help those who are interested in learning ways to make and keep friends. The PEERS® intervention is well supported by positive outcomes in a randomised controlled clinical trial and follow-up study (Laugeson, Frankel, Gantman, Mogil, & Dillon, 2008; Laugeson, Frankel, Mogil, & Dillon, 2009) and will soon be cited by NICE as the best example of an evidence-based social skills intervention.

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