Weekly Social Skills Groups for Pre-Teens and Adolescents

Advanced Pragmatics Social Skills groups are designed for teens with high functioning autism and other social challenges, who want to further develop their social skills, independence, and confidence. Groups will focus on building relationships, conversational skills, self-advocacy, executive functioning, and non-verbal communication. Taught by a licensed and PEERS® certified speech language pathologist, clients will receive expert social skills training. This fall, Advanced Pragmatics is proud to implement the PEERS® program, the only evidence based social skills curriculum for this age group. 

 PEERS® Social Skills Groups for Middle and High School Students

About PEERS®

The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is an evidence based social skills curriculum to help motivated teens learn how to make and keep friends. The program was developed at UCLA by clinic director Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson. PEERS® was created to help individuals with social deficits including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, anxiety, and other social emotional disorders. Participants are taught social skills through guided lessons and role-play demonstrations, and practice the skills they learned during online socialization activities. 

PEERS® Participants Will Learn How To:

  • Maintain appropriate conversations                                                      
  • Host successful get-togethers
  • Choose appropriate friends                                       
  • Successfully handle disagreements and teasing
  • Enter and exit conversations
  • Use appropriate humor                                
  • Handle Teasing and Bullying
  • Handle Rumors and Gossip  
  • Appropriately use electronic forms of communication     


This 10-week long course progressively builds social skills and assumes consistent attendance. We are currently offering classes for two age groups: middle school (ages 11-13) and high school (ages 14-18). Classes for middle schoolers will begin Monday, October 3rd and classes for teens will begin Thursday, October 6th.  Social Groups meet in the East Room at Rush Park in Los Alamitos  (3021 Blume Dr, Rossmoor, CA 90720).

Participants must attend the first session. Parents will receive weekly emails with what we’re working on and will be provided resources, but there will not be a separate parent training course. 

Middle School Group (Ages 11-13)

MONDAYS 4:45 pm- 5:30 pm (except for the week of  Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas)

Teen Group (ages 14-18)

THURSDAYS 5:00 pm- 5:45 pm (except for the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas)


$40 per session or $350 for the entire 10 week long program ($50 discount, no refunds). You will receive an invoice through Square at the end of each month, unless you want to pay in full upfront. 

What are the participation requirements?

  • Participants must be between the ages of 11-18
  • Participants must be interested in and agree to attend the program voluntarily
  • Participants must consistently attend the program
  • Participants must be fully verbal

To apply for the course, please click the link below. If you are a new client, we will schedule a telephone consultation to ensure this program will benefit your son or daughter.