List of Tables Preface Acknowledgements Author Biography 1. Getting Started 2. Session 1: Trading Information and Starting Conversations 3. Session 2: Trading Information and Maintaining Conversations. 4. Session 3: Finding a Source of Friends. 5. Session 4: Electronic Communication 6. Session 5: Appropriate Use of Humor 7. Session 6: Entering Group Conversations 8. Session 7: Exiting Conversations 9. Session 8: Get-Togethers 10. Session 9: Dating Etiquette - Letting Someone Know You Like Them. 11. Session 10: Dating Etiquette - Asking Someone on a Date 12. Session 11: Dating Etiquette - Going on Dates 13. Session 12: Dating Etiquette - Dating Do's and Dont's 14. Session 13: Handling Disagreements 15. Session 14: Handling Direct Bullying 16. Session 15: Handling Indirect Bullying 17. Session 16: Moving Forward and Graduation References Appendices
Dr. Elizabeth A. Laugeson is a licensed clinical psychologist and an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Laugeson is the director of the Help Group-UCLA Autism Research Alliance, a collaborative research initiative dedicated to developing and expanding applied clinical research in the treatment of children and adolescents with ASD. She is also the training director for the UCLA Tarjan Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), and the founder and director of the UCLA PEERS (R) Clinic, an outpatient hospital-based program providing parent-assisted social skills training for individuals with ASD, ADHD, depression, anxiety, and other social impairments across the lifespan.
"Liz Laugeson's PEERS (R) was the first evidence-validated
system for teaching autistic kids to make friends and work
together. Her program began with teens, and this important new work
extends PEERS (R) into young adults of college age and beyond. As
an autistic adult I'm proud to have been a supporter of Dr.
Laugeson's work from the beginning, and I hope you will see as much
value in her new book as I do."
John Elder Robison, New York Times bestselling author, neurodiversity scholar, College of William & Mary
"Elizabeth Laugeson is to be congratulated for taking on the
enormous task of attempting to systemise the social world for
adults with autism. The rules governing the social world are
complex, subtle and implicit. People with autism often complain
that the social world lacks a "manual." This book is an impressive
effort to provide one and is supported by evidence for its
Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Autism Research Centre, Cambridge University
"This manual provides a self-contained and comprehensive set of
lesson plans for teaching able young adults with ASD ecologically
valid social skills, supported by social coaching from their
caregivers. It combines well established CBT principles with deep,
and often humorous insights into the mechanics of establishing and
keeping meaningful relationships; it is a must read for all
clinicians managing able adults with ASD."
Dr. Anthony J. Bailey, chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Institute of Mental Health
"Since the vast majority of interventions for autism focus on
very young children, this manual, which extends the scope of the
well-established PEERS (R) intervention to adults with autism, is
particularly welcome. The group-based program described provides
practical and evidence based strategies for dealing with the
day-to-day social challenges faced by individuals with autism as
they approach adulthood. It should prove a valuable resource for
clinicians and other professionals working with this client
Patricia Howlin, emeritus professor of clinical child psychology, King's College, London
"The social difficulties in autism remain both the most
important and most challenging to treat. This comprehensive volume
is a major contribution to the treatment literature. Practical and
yet evidence-based, this book will be of great value to individuals
with autism spectrum disorders, their parents, and supporters. It
is highly recommended."
Fred R. Volkmar, MD, Irving B. Harris professor, Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine, editor in chief, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, editor, Encyclopedia of Autism