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The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) for Adolescents is a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for students in 5th-12th grade who are interested in learning new ways of making and keeping friends. During each class, students are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in-person with their peers. Social skills are taught through instruction, role-play video demonstrations, and weekly socialization activities. Parents attend a separate weekly virtual class and are taught how to be social coaches to assist their tweens/teens in making and keeping friends. Regular attendance is imperative to program success.


PEERS® may be appropriate for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, social pragmatic communication disorder, or other social and behavioral challenges. Weekly attendance for parents/caregivers is a program requirement. Students must also be willing to participate and be enrolled in an extracurricular activity to practice the skills taught in the group.


  • How to use appropriate conversational skills

  • How to find common interests by trading information

  • How to navigate and appropriately use electronic communication

  • How to use humor appropriately

  • How to enter and exit peer conversations

  • How to handle rejection, teasing, and bullying

  • How to be a good host during get-togethers

  • How to find friends with common interests

  • How to be a good sport

  • How to handle arguments and disagreements


Prospective families can call (414) 436-0883 or email to schedule a free phone screen to assess whether PEERS® for Adolescents is appropriate for their child. After the phone screen, both the child and parent/caregiver coach participate in a 45-minute virtual intake appointment.


Elevate Behavioral Health is a registered CLTS waiver provider. We accept private pay and reimbursement through the CLTS waiver.


Registration is now open for our fall PEERS® for Adolescents social skills classes.
Start Date: 9/17/24

End Date:  1/29/25

Class Time
: Social coaches (parents/caregivers) meet virtually on Tuesday mornings from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Students meet in-person on Wednesday evenings from 4:15-5:45 p.m.

Location: Hartland, WI
Another PEERS® for Adolescents class will run January - April 2025.

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