Social-Respite/PEERS/ Adult Programs

 

Social-Respite Program

Social-Respite Youth Groups is a Social Respite Program funded by United Way-Fort McMurray. The Program focuses on learning and practicing friendship skills in group activities. These activities are held on a variety of times and days for children ages 5 to 17, they can attend outings like:

  • Pizza Party with crafts & games at Wood Buffalo Regional Library.
  • Bowling at The Alley YMM
  • Tween Night Out
  • Sensory Friendly Movie
  • Rock Climbing at MI
  • Aim High
  • Games and activities night

 

For any questions please contact 780-531-5777 or email programdirector@autismrmwb.org

Registration can be done through our Calender.

           

PEERS

The UCLA Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relationship Skills (PEERS®) is a manualized, social skills training intervention for adolescents and young adults. This program has a strong evidence-base for use with teens and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) but may also be appropriate for teens and young adults with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and other socio-emotional problems. It includes 16 consecutive weeks of training with both a teen/young adult and a parent component which occur simultaneously.
PEERS is designed for motivated youth who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. During each group session, teens are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session through role playing and during real play activities (e.g. playing sports, board games, etc.). Each week there is a “homework” component in which the teen is encouraged to practice their new skills.

Parents are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends in their group session and are expected to provide feedback to their teen through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments.
Weekly Topics of Instruction:

How to use appropriate conversational skills
How to find common interests by trading information
How to appropriately use humour
How to enter and exit conversations between peers
How to handle rejection, teasing, and bullying
How to handle rumours and gossip
How to be a good host during get-togethers
How to make phone calls to friends
How to choose appropriate friends
How to be a good sport
How to handle arguments and disagreements
How to change a bad reputation

The Research Finds…

Increased adolescent social skills and knowledge
Increased number and frequency of hosted “get-togethers”
Improved overall social skills including: cooperation, assertion and responsibility (parent reported)
Improved social responsiveness including: awareness, recognition and communication (parent reported)
A trend toward increased overall social skills (teacher reported)

What are the participation requirements?

Youth who struggle with making and keeping friends
Youth aged 10-14yrs (some flexibility, please contact Program Director for personal exceptions)
Youth must be interested in the program and attend voluntarily

For any questions please contact 780-531-5777 or email programdirector@autismrmwb.org

ADULT PROGRAMMING

Social-Adult Group is a Social Program for 16 years plus. The Program focuses on building and maintaining friendship skills in group activities. These activities are held once a week on Wednesday Evenings.

Activities included

Pizza Party with crafts & games
Wood Buffalo Regional Library.
Bowling at The Alley YMM
Sensory Friendly Movie
Games and activities night
Sensory time

For any questions please contact 780-531-5777 or email programdirector@autismrmwb.org