PEERS® is a 14-week evidence-based social skills training program for adults with ASD who are interested in learning skills to make and keep friends and develop romantic relationships. During each group session, participants are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session. They are then given weekly socialization homework assignments to practice skills in real life situations

Young adults will learn:

• Use appropriate conversational skills
• Be a good host during get-togethers
• Find common interests by trading information
• Make phone calls and texts to friends
• Let someone know you are interested in dating
• Use humor appropriately
• Choose good friends
• Ask someone on a date and have successful dates
• Exit and enter conversations appropriately
• Handle arguments and disagreements

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Program participants must be 18 or over, graduated from high school and motivated to participate.

TEAM

  • Caleigh Bryan (Instructor)
  • Sophie Wolfberg (Program Assistant)

TIME

3 hours per week
14 weeks

Frequently Asked Questions

One of the most successful social skills programs is called PEERS® developed by Dr. Liz Laugeson out of UCLA.  It is a unique initiative for adults with ASD who are having difficulty with elements of social interaction at home, or school, or work.

During the 14 week course, young adults will improve their social skills by practicing entering and exiting conversations; proper use of electronic forms of communication, including safety suggestions for online dating; choosing appropriate friends; handling arguments and disagreements with friends; having appropriate get-togethers with friends, how to handle peer pressure; and proper dating etiquette.

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Social Skills

PEERS®

PEERS® is a 14-week evidence-based social skills training program for ASD adults who are interested in learning skills to make and keep friends and develop romantic relationships.

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Self-Advocacy

Self Advocacy is designed for ASD adults to develop the skills needed to better communicate their strengths, abilities when interviewing with potential employers or applying to trade schools, colleges. 

Job Readiness Skills

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Career Success Shop

Career Success Shop has been designed to help you understand your skills, interests and values as you think about your future. It will help you to match your strengths to possible careers.

Job Placement Services

Job Placement – Here at ASD Adult Achievement Center, we have the honor and privilege of working with a population of high functioning young adults on the autism spectrum.

Job Placement participants
Paul Moran
Paul Moran
September 27, 2021.
I'm currently a part of the VIPWorks program, started going a few weeks ago. Everyone I met there has been amazing, very friendly and helpful too.
Scarlett Flames
Scarlett Flames
August 30, 2021.
I’ve been taking the task masters program for seven weeks and it has helped me a lot with my daily life. I’m really happy to be here.
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Elias Piccard
August 30, 2021.
I am currently in the Taskmasters program and I am learning a lot about myself and being able to share my goals and have great instructors teaching me the fundamentals and getting to where I want to be in the future.
Priya Chobe
Priya Chobe
July 12, 2021.
I can confidently say that this organization is one of the best places you can sign up with if you are an adult on the spectrum who needs help with developing any kind of area in your life, including: social skills, independent living skills, self-advocacy, job readiness skills and vocational skills, and much more! I have personally seen dozens grow from joining and participating in these programs. In addition, every single staff member—as well as the founder herself—put every fiber of their being towards helping clients and creating a safe, positive environment for everyone.
Ryan Stauffer
Ryan Stauffer
June 23, 2021.
ASD Adult Achievement Center is truly a remarkable place to work at. There, I've met a lot of people that go through similar challenges that I also face. Here, I've learned all sorts of new techniques that will help more when I'm in a workplace to improve from the struggles that I have been going through and I have made many designs of creativity in the working environment.
Sterling Swope
Sterling Swope
February 16, 2021.
Bella Lavoie (MarieWalker14)
Bella Lavoie (MarieWalker14)
January 20, 2021.
Amazing. Very kind people who want to help. Wonderful atmosphere.
Jeffrey Korentur
Jeffrey Korentur
November 24, 2020.
There are not enough superlatives to describe the amazing work that Paula, MaryAnn, and the entire staff do every day. Our son found a community, friends, life skills, and new found optimism for his future. This organization is more than worthy of your attention, inquiry, and support. Thank you to the entire team for the positive, life changing mission that you embody and share everyday!
Lori Dahan
Lori Dahan
November 24, 2020.
I cannot rave enough about this organization! Kudos to Paula and all the staff for creating an incredible environment filled with warmth, kindness, and programs perfectly suited for the needs of young adults on the spectrum.
Dixie Johnson
Dixie Johnson
January 27, 2020.