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ACES has been a leader in helping those individuals and their families who have been impacted by autism since 1996. Our staff is full of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA's) who have years of experience in developing and implementing autism therapies and treatments. We offer one-on-one behavior therapists, as well as group sessions. Our mission is to help those impacted by autism live the best life ever.
In the quest to fulfill our mission, we utilize The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®). This program, which was first developed at UCLA in 2005, offers evidence-based social skills treatments for those on the autism spectrum, those diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, and other disorders. This autism treatment program has been adapted for different age groups, from preschoolers through young adults. To learn more about PEERS, contact one of our locations in California, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Hawaii, or Washington today.
Who Can Benefit From PEERS?
- Those diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
- Those diagnosed with ADHD
- Those suffering from depression
- Those suffering for anxiety
- Those having social challenges
Why Choose PEERS?
PEERS is a social skills program for those with autism. What makes PEERS so unique and what differentiates it from other social skills programs is that it is evidence-based, meaning there is research to show its effectiveness in improving social skills in those with an autism spectrum disorder. Not only do the students benefit, but this autism treatment also includes parents so that they can help their children make strides as well.
Progress is measured using the Social Skills Rating System developed by Frank Gresham and Stephen Elliott in 1990 and the Social Responsiveness Scale developed by John Constantino. PEERS is a great program to help those impacted by autism gain valuable social skills and functioning so they can interact with the public at large. With the goal of achieving independence and of having the best life possible, PEERS helps add a key piece to life — social skills — that can help further these goals. Since those on the autism spectrum tend to struggle with social skills a lot, PEERS and our other autism therapies spend a lot of time discussing, modeling, and practicing these skills. To learn more about how ACES uses the PEERS program, contact us today!
What Can You Expect With The PEERS Program?
The PEERS program will be unlike any other social skills program your child with autism has undergone. It is structured like a class and not like a therapy group. It takes social skills and breaks them down into small, manageable pieces so that your child can better learn and implement smaller skill sets, rather than broader ideas. By breaking down social interactions into rules and steps, the student in the program can then practice them in real life, which reinforces the behavior that turns into long-term gains.
The goal of this social skills program for those with autism is to take these social skills and use them in real life, such as in the workplace, where social skills are critical to success and to performing the job well. In addition, the PEERS program examines those who are successful socially and then uses those skills to help teach students. The PEERS program is broken down into age groups, making the material appropriate to the abilities of the child. There is a PEERS program focused on teens, young adults, and preschoolers. These autism therapies based on ages make it easier on the autism therapist to teach and great for the child to learn, adapt, and utilize on a daily basis.
What Social Skills Does PEERS Teach?
- Making and keeping friends
- How to handle peer conflict
- How to handle peer rejection
- How to deal with bullying
- How to deal with teasing
- How to handle a work environment
- How to handle dating
- How to have conversations
- How to act at a get together or a party
- And so much more
Choose ACES For Your Autism Therapies Today
PEERS is just one of the many autism therapies ACES offers at our many locations throughout the West. In addition, we also offer applied behavior analysis (ABA), picture exchange communication system (PECS), pivotal response training (PRT), discrete trial training (DTT), visual strategies, and more. Each autism treatment plan we develop is tailored to the individual and what they need to work on.
One of the hallmarks that we love about PEERS is the emphasis it places on the active participation of parents and/or caregivers of children with an autism spectrum disorder. This allows for the continual reinforcement of the skills children learn during their autism treatments, which helps to ensure the long-lasting effects of treatment. PEERS is also piloting a program of theirs that brings this social skills program into classroom settings with the teachers being the facilitators. Since social skills are not something we are born with, teaching children these skills is as important as knowledge-based skills as well.
ACES is passionate and committed to ensuring your needs are met. We offer parent groups so you can get support when needed, as well as informal gatherings for students to practice social skills. We are offering our autism therapies via telehealth if so desired. We also offer speech therapy and occupational therapy, either in-person, in-home, at school, or at one of our locations. We stay abreast of the latest research so that we can ensure your child with autism is receiving the best possible treatments. We will work with your insurance company as well. We love to make a true impact in people's lives, and with our autism services, we believe we are doing so.
If you have any questions about our autism services or parent groups or just want to learn more, reach out to an ACES location near you today!