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Tri-State Webinar: Getting Started with PEERS Curriculum: Social Skills Training for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Adolescents on the autism spectrum require specialized instruction to develop friendships and social networks. In this webinar, participants will learn to teach adolescents with ASD how to develop and maintain friendships, handle peer conflict and rejection, teach ecologically valid social skills used by socially successful teens and help teens find sources of friendship with assistance from social coaches. Participants will also learn ways to train social coaches to support individuals with ASD  using strategies that ultimately foster dependence in social relationships.


Learner Objectives


  • Identify social skills deficits among adolescents.
  • Recognize the importance of improving friendships.
  • Explore limitations of existing social skills interventions and research findings related to social skills instruction.
  • Learn how to implement PEERS curriculum for teens.


Presenter Information


Mary Schlieder has been a special education teacher and educational consultant for over 20 years. Her areas of expertise include trauma informed classroom instruction, social emotional learning, autism, collaborative problem solving, and peer-mediated intervention. She also has extensive experience as a higher education instructor for several universities, specializing in courses that help teachers, administrators, and school counselors better serve students with mental health and behavioral challenges. 

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