Dr. Amy Vaughan Van Hecke
Department of Psychology
Cramer Hall, 359
604 N. 16th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: (414) 288-4438
Fax: (414) 288-5333
This study aims to understand how teenagers with autism and their parents are affected by social skills therapy, the Program for the Enrichment and Education of Relational Skills, or PEERS. PEERS is an evidence-based, manualized, 14-week, outpatient treatment program developed at the University of California at Los Angeles. Dr. Van Hecke is certified by UCLA to provide the PEERS program at Marquette University. PEERS study groups begin every January and August. Free parking is available at Marquette University.
The study invites teens, aged 11-16, with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and a parent or guardian to participate. Teens need to speak English competently, using full sentences, to derive the best benefit from the program. Parents and teens will participate in an intake session where eligibility will be determined. Due to limited group size, some teens maybe placed on a waiting list for inclusion in the next PEERS group.
The study also invites teens without ASD or other disorders, aged 11-16, and their parent or guardian, to participate. Teens and parents need to speak English competently to participate in the study.
PEERS groups for young adults (aged 18-26) will begin in Fall of 2012.
Además, también hay los proyectos para un grupo de PEERS para familias de Hablar españolas en 2013. (In addition, there are also plans for a PEERS group for Spanish Speaking families in 2013)
The study will take place in the Department of Psychology, Center for Psychological Services, at Marquette University.
For teens with ASD, the intake session, which lasts about 3 hours, will include completion of questionnaires, behavioral assessments, and a 3-minute electroencephalogram and heart rate measurement. Teens and parents will then participate in the PEERS treatment sessions. Evening sessions are once weekly, for 1.5 hours, for 14 weeks. Parents meet concurrently in a separate group to support their teen’s learning of skills. After the 14 weeks of PEERS is completed, parents and teens will participate in a follow-up session, where many of the same measures from intake will be repeated.
For teens without ASD, the intake session, which lasts about 3 hours, will include completion of questionnaires, behavioral assessments, and a 3-minute electroencephalogram and heart rate measurement. Teens without ASD will not participate in the PEERS program. After 16 weeks, parents and teens will participate in a follow-up session, where many of the same measures from intake will be repeated.
The study will allow you to contribute to the understanding of ASD, and of how teens who are successful in the program may change behaviorally and neurologically. PEERS intervention will be provided free of charge to eligible teens with ASD and parents. Teens without autism and their parents will be provided with a $30 gift card for each visit to Marquette, and reimbursed for or provided with free parking.
For more information or to schedule an intake, please fill out the contact form below, or call the Marquette Autism Project at 414-288-4438. Please mention that you are interested in the PEERS study.