Our Social Club is a relaxed (and far less expensive) version of PEERS® Plus, designed to give middle- and high-school students the skills and reminders they may need to connect with friends and build their social lives. Both neurotypical and autistic students discuss and practice together the challenges and strategies for meeting new people, finding friends who share your interests, having reciprocal conversations, building friendships, and developing habits that maintain them.
Sessions are 90 minutes of concrete instruction, role-play, and then practice. In between sessions, we have optional monthly social activities, and a little “social homework.” We also keep parents informed about what we’ve done and what their kids could practice, and have monthly parent meetings to discuss.
We are proud of the neurodiversity of our group, which respects the needs and perspectives of both our spectrum teens and our neurotypical teens, and also makes the reasons for the social “rules” we discuss more personal and real. Our “typical” participants gain an understanding of autism (and why, for example, eye contact can be tough), and our spectrum participants gain an understanding of typical social “rules” (and why, for example, people tell them to smile).
Social Club participants who are not ready to do this on a community service basis pay a fee: $400 or pay-what-you-can.
All proceeds are channeled back into DC Peers, to serve our mission of providing affordable, community-based social learning opportunities.