The WWA Social Skills Program
The WWA Social Skills program is designed to enhance an adolescent’s existing ability to engage in developmentally appropriate peer interactions. This 14 week program is geared towards the needs of adolescents ranging from 12 to 17 years old, using an empirically supported and highly individualized approach. Intervention with the adolescents is based on the Program for Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) curriculum, which fosters the development of awareness of self and others, particularly with regard to social thinking. Some of the topics addressed include using reciprocal conversational skills, appropriate humor, conflict resolution, and how to handle rejection, teasing, and bullying. Parents are active participants in the program and foster the development of targeted skills by providing feedback through coaching and socialization homework assignments. The goal of the WWA Social Skills program is to foster the skills necessary for developing meaningful peer relationships.