PEERS™ for Adults
LittleStar is now pleased to be offering social skills groups led by a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst using the only evidence-based social skills curriculum, PEERS™!
The PEERS curriculum is based out of UCLA in Los Angeles, California and has been used in over 70 countries and translated into over a dozen languages. It was recently featured on the Netflix show “Love on the Spectrum!”
PEERS for Adults is a 14-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated adults who are interested in learning new ways of making and keeping friends. During each group session, adults are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during socialization activities. Parents attend separate sessions 3 times throughout the course and are taught how to assist the adult in making and keeping friends by helping to expand their adult’s social network and providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments. Parent participation is required.
In this group, adults will learn how to:
- Use appropriate conversational skills
- Use humor appropriately
- Use electronic communication
- Enter and exit conversations
- Be a good host during get-togethers
- Plan and execute a date
- Prepare and interview for a job
- Be a good sport
- Handle arguments and disagreements
- Change a bad reputation
- Handle rumors and gossip
- Handle rejection, teasing, and bullying
What To Expect
PEERS for Adults is appropriate for adults ages 18+ on the autism spectrum with average language abilities and motivation make and keep friends! Adults will meet once per week for 90 minutes in person at the Carmel, IN clinic. Thanks to a generous grant from the Hoover foundation, PEERs for adults is completely free for interested adults.
PEERS™ ADULTS Sign UP
For more information on our upcoming Telehealth groups for both children (ages 5-13) and adolescents (ages 14-18), click the links below or contact Jennifer Baker at [email protected].
Or call 317-495-5302
Meet our Staff
Jennifer Baker, MA, BCBA
Psychological Services Director
Jennifer is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst with 9 years of experience in the field working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental delays. Jennifer oversees our initial assessments for ABA treatment, social skills groups for all ages, and parent training webinars at LittleStar. She received her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Human Sexuality from Indiana University and completed her master’s program at Ball State University in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
Jennifer’s background is in community-based services where she consulted with teachers and school faculty across the Indianapolis area to facilitate successful transitions for LittleStar learners to school and community settings. Her clinical interests include interdisciplinary collaboration, social skills training, group and classroom-based interventions, and the fusion of acceptance and commitment therapy with applied behavior analysis. She is a passionate human rights advocate who believes in every learner’s right to live a happy, safe, and independent life.
For more information on our upcoming Telehealth groups for both children (ages 8-13) and adolescents (ages 14-18), click the links below or contact Jennifer Baker at [email protected].
Or call 317-495-5302