We have enrolled in a PEERS® [Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills] course with our son. It’s a manualized, social skills training intervention program that I’ve been reading about and hearing about for several years now. I finally made the time to make it part of our lives for the next three-plus months.
It’s a 14-week course for me, my husband and son—we’ve got 12 more sessions to go. Our son loves it! I really like the fact that we all have to be involved. It keeps everyone on the same page. We learn the same buzz words to use to avoid confusion and to help with skill mastery. There is a homework assignment each week. So far, the assignments have been somewhat within his comfort zone—but I know with each week it’ll be necessary for him to expand his own personal boundaries. I’m looking forward to watching that.
Over the course of the next few months, I’ll report in—hopefully with encouraging news.
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