Numerous studies show that having a good support network constitutes the single most powerful protection against becoming traumatised. Applying social skills interventions to improve social functioning may prevent future mental health difficulties specifically, social anxiety. Having one or two best friends is of great importance to buffer the impact of stressful life advents.

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The impact of social difficulties correlates with engagement problems across all areas of life: schooling, employment, leisure, and the community.

Youth with social difficulties are also at higher risk for peer rejection, loneliness, and social dissatisfaction, anxiety, delinquency, and even legal troubles.


Impairment in social functioning is a hallmark feature of many psychiatric disorders which often lead to co-morbidities such as anxiety and depression.

Social skills training is often recommended and implemented with people who have been diagnosed with:

Attention, deficit, hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Intellectual Disability (ID), as well as people with Anxiety and Depression.


Ready OT has certified therapists to deliver the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills: PEERS. This program has been field tested extensively with teens and young adults with Attention, Deficit, Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Intellectual Disability (ID), as well as people with Anxiety and Depression.


PEERS utilises caregiver assistance, through real world social coaching so improvements in social skills continue to improve following the period of intervention.



  • How to start and maintain a conversation

  • How to find common interests by trading information

  • How to enter and exit conversations between peers

  • How to find a source of friends

  • How to appropriately use electronic communication

  • How to make phone calls to friends

  • How to appropriately use humour

  • How to arrange get togethers

  • Dating etiquette: letting someone know you like them

  • Dating etiquette: asking someone on a date

  • Dating etiquette: going on dates

  • Dating etiquette: dating do's and don’ts

  • Handling disagreements

  • Handling direct bullying

  • Handling indirect bullying


PEERS is run in a group format whilst the individuals ‘social coach’ participate in a concurrent group learning the skills and coaching method to assist participants transfer the skills to the real world.


PEERS is a 16-week intervention which can be modified.

Online and face to face formats are offered.