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Social Skills: Teens 

Is your child or teen struggling to make and keep friends? Sunderlin Behavioral Interventions is a certified PEERS ®* provider, serving Ventura and North Los Angeles County. PEERS ® has a strong, evidence-based use for children and teens with autism spectrum disorder, but it is also appropriate for children and teens with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socioemotional problems.



Topics Include:

  • How to use appropriate conversational skills

  • How to find common interests by trading information

  • How to appropriately use humor

  • How to enter and exit conversations between peers

  • How to handle rejection, teasing and bullying

  • How to handle rumors and gossip

  • How to be a good host during social gatherings

  • How to make phone or video 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


For more details about groups, meeting times, etc., please contact us directly.

*Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) was developed at UCLA by Dr. Elizabeth A. Laugenson and Dr. Fred Fankel. It is an 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. During each group session, teens are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during real play activities (e.g., playing sports, board games, etc.)