Feb
28
5:30 pm17:30

Helping Your Child with ADHD or a Learning Disability Improve Performance in Classwork and Homework

  • The Center at Lexington

Presented By Parent Network of the Capital Region

This training will provide an overview of skills that children with ADHD and learning disabilities often struggle with, such as organization, focus, time management and task completion. These skills are also known as executive function (EF) skills. We will discuss the role that EF skills plays in classwork and homework activities. Strategies for supporting the child through accommodations and teaching new skills to assist with school performance and homework tasks will be explored.

Click here to register.


Feb
23
12:00 pm12:00

Sexuality Training for Parents and Caregivers

  • The Center at Lexington

Join Christy O'Callaghan-Leue, a community educator for Planned Parenthood, as she presents on that not-so-easy topic to talk about with you child. She will provide some tools, tips and resources to help make this very important conversation easier. Remember, just because your loved one has a disability does not mean that they are excluded from “The Talk.”

Feb
22
12:00 pm12:00

Webinar – Education for Empowerment: School and Teens in Healthcare Transition

  • The Center at Lexington

Please join Lin Perry, a project director at Parent to Parent of NYS’s Family Healthcare Information Center, as she presents a webinar on “Education for Empowerment: School and Teens in Healthcare Transitions.” As our youth with ID/DD or special healthcare needs transition from pediatric to adult health care systems, self-advocates and parents alike need to understand the importance of transitioning their healthcare effectively. While many people engage in transition planning for their education to adult systems, sadly healthcare isn’t often included in those plans. Consider the importance of transitioning healthcare and some effective means to begin a plan to transition for yourself or your child.

Feb
21
12:00 pm12:00

PARENT ROUND TABLE: Couponing 101

  • The Center at Lexington

Please join Hillary Fitzpatrick she provides information on successful couponing. Hillary will provided helpful tips and sites to use and access coupons. She will be happy to answer any questions about successful couponing. This session is a great way to learn how to save money on the things that we need most! Lunch will be provided.

Feb
18
10:00 am10:00

Autism Movement Therapy and Creative Movement

  • Lexington Family Services

Autism Movement Therapy and Creative Movement is a movement and music integration strategy combining patterning, visual movement, calculation, audible processing, rhythm and sequencing for a “whole brain” cognitive thinking approach that can significantly improve behavioral, emotional, academic, social, speech and language skills. This session will be targeted toward individuals ages 5-18 and their parents and caregivers. Parent participation is required. Come dressed to move and have fun!

Feb
10
6:00 pm18:00

SIB Street

  • Lexington Family Services

A support group for the siblings (ages 8-15) of individuals who are diagnosed with developmental disabilities

Feb
10
12:00 pm12:00

Executive Functioning: What Is All the Hype?

  • The Center at Lexington

Please join Erin Hollenbeck, assistant director for Lexington Family Services and instructor for MaryDee Skylar's “Seeing My Time: Visual Tools for Executive Functioning Success” program, as she explains the executive functioning process. Each participant will be guaranteed to discover at least two new things that can help them manage their time more effectively. This will be the first session of a series offered on this important topic.

Target Audience: Parents/Caregivers

Feb
7
12:00 pm12:00

Public Health 101 and When to Go to the ER!

  • Lexington Family Services

Please join Fulton County Public Health as they present on what services public health has to offer. They will also present on what conditions require a trip to the Emergency Room, as well as some tips to prevent going to the ER.

Target Audience: Parents/Caregivers

Jan
30
6:00 pm18:00

PEERS® Social Success Course

  • Transitions

Is there a young adult in your life who could use some help in social situations? Starting October 24, we are presenting PEERS®, an in-depth course aimed at helping young people succeed socially. Anyone within the targeted age group can register.

What is PEERS®?
• The Program for the Evaluation and Enrichment of Relational Skills
• A parent-assisted intervention which is focused on teens in middle and high school who are having trouble making and keeping friends. The intervention is currently being researched with young adults as well.
• Developed at UCLA in 2005 by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson and Dr. Fred Frankel

PEERS® may help the students with:
• Interacting with others through conversations
• Choosing friends
• Entering groups
• Building confidence in social situations
• Navigating teasing and bullying
• And much more!

Who may benefit from the PEERS® course?
• PEERS® has a strong evidence based use with teens with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and is currently being researched with young adults with ASD. It has been studied in those with ADHD and because it targets skill development, it may have widespread benefit.
• Studies have demonstrated applicability to children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and problems with obesity.
• We are accepting young adults 18 and up. Instructors will interview to ensure participants would benefit from the group.

Important facts:
• Each student must also have a “coach” attend a separate session offered at the same time as the participant’s session, led by a different instructor.
• The coach can be a parent or caregiver who lives with or can work with the participant regularly enough during the week between sessions to reinforce skills learned and help the student do assigned tasks.
• This is a 14 week class, offered Mondays from October 24 through January 30 from 6pm to 7:30pm. (No class December 26.)
• The cost is $350 or $25 per week and covers both the student and the coach. Scholarships may be available upon request.
• The instructors for this course are Certified PEERS® Instructors Victoria Morrison, SLP; Mary Kaye Ormiston, MS Ed. Psy, speech-language therapist and behaviorist; Kathy Simone, BA Ed., Director of Employment Resources; and Amy Wilson, MA Ed., Medicaid Service Coordinator

Where:
Transitions
2736 State Highway 30 | Mayfield, NY 12117
www.transitionsusa.org

For more information and to register, call Nancy DeSando at (518) 773-2050 or email desandn@lexcenter.org.

Jan
23
6:00 pm18:00

PEERS® Social Success Course

  • Transitions

Is there a young adult in your life who could use some help in social situations? Starting October 24, we are presenting PEERS®, an in-depth course aimed at helping young people succeed socially. Anyone within the targeted age group can register.

What is PEERS®?
• The Program for the Evaluation and Enrichment of Relational Skills
• A parent-assisted intervention which is focused on teens in middle and high school who are having trouble making and keeping friends. The intervention is currently being researched with young adults as well.
• Developed at UCLA in 2005 by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson and Dr. Fred Frankel

PEERS® may help the students with:
• Interacting with others through conversations
• Choosing friends
• Entering groups
• Building confidence in social situations
• Navigating teasing and bullying
• And much more!

Who may benefit from the PEERS® course?
• PEERS® has a strong evidence based use with teens with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and is currently being researched with young adults with ASD. It has been studied in those with ADHD and because it targets skill development, it may have widespread benefit.
• Studies have demonstrated applicability to children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and problems with obesity.
• We are accepting young adults 18 and up. Instructors will interview to ensure participants would benefit from the group.

Important facts:
• Each student must also have a “coach” attend a separate session offered at the same time as the participant’s session, led by a different instructor.
• The coach can be a parent or caregiver who lives with or can work with the participant regularly enough during the week between sessions to reinforce skills learned and help the student do assigned tasks.
• This is a 14 week class, offered Mondays from October 24 through January 30 from 6pm to 7:30pm. (No class December 26.)
• The cost is $350 or $25 per week and covers both the student and the coach. Scholarships may be available upon request.
• The instructors for this course are Certified PEERS® Instructors Victoria Morrison, SLP; Mary Kaye Ormiston, MS Ed. Psy, speech-language therapist and behaviorist; Kathy Simone, BA Ed., Director of Employment Resources; and Amy Wilson, MA Ed., Medicaid Service Coordinator

Where:
Transitions
2736 State Highway 30 | Mayfield, NY 12117
www.transitionsusa.org

For more information and to register, call Nancy DeSando at (518) 773-2050 or email desandn@lexcenter.org.

Jan
16
6:00 pm18:00

PEERS® Social Success Course

  • Transitions

Is there a young adult in your life who could use some help in social situations? Starting October 24, we are presenting PEERS®, an in-depth course aimed at helping young people succeed socially. Anyone within the targeted age group can register.

What is PEERS®?
• The Program for the Evaluation and Enrichment of Relational Skills
• A parent-assisted intervention which is focused on teens in middle and high school who are having trouble making and keeping friends. The intervention is currently being researched with young adults as well.
• Developed at UCLA in 2005 by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson and Dr. Fred Frankel

PEERS® may help the students with:
• Interacting with others through conversations
• Choosing friends
• Entering groups
• Building confidence in social situations
• Navigating teasing and bullying
• And much more!

Who may benefit from the PEERS® course?
• PEERS® has a strong evidence based use with teens with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and is currently being researched with young adults with ASD. It has been studied in those with ADHD and because it targets skill development, it may have widespread benefit.
• Studies have demonstrated applicability to children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and problems with obesity.
• We are accepting young adults 18 and up. Instructors will interview to ensure participants would benefit from the group.

Important facts:
• Each student must also have a “coach” attend a separate session offered at the same time as the participant’s session, led by a different instructor.
• The coach can be a parent or caregiver who lives with or can work with the participant regularly enough during the week between sessions to reinforce skills learned and help the student do assigned tasks.
• This is a 14 week class, offered Mondays from October 24 through January 30 from 6pm to 7:30pm. (No class December 26.)
• The cost is $350 or $25 per week and covers both the student and the coach. Scholarships may be available upon request.
• The instructors for this course are Certified PEERS® Instructors Victoria Morrison, SLP; Mary Kaye Ormiston, MS Ed. Psy, speech-language therapist and behaviorist; Kathy Simone, BA Ed., Director of Employment Resources; and Amy Wilson, MA Ed., Medicaid Service Coordinator

Where:
Transitions
2736 State Highway 30 | Mayfield, NY 12117
www.transitionsusa.org

For more information and to register, call Nancy DeSando at (518) 773-2050 or email desandn@lexcenter.org.

Jan
9
6:00 pm18:00

PEERS® Social Success Course

  • Transitions

Is there a young adult in your life who could use some help in social situations? Starting October 24, we are presenting PEERS®, an in-depth course aimed at helping young people succeed socially. Anyone within the targeted age group can register.

What is PEERS®?
• The Program for the Evaluation and Enrichment of Relational Skills
• A parent-assisted intervention which is focused on teens in middle and high school who are having trouble making and keeping friends. The intervention is currently being researched with young adults as well.
• Developed at UCLA in 2005 by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson and Dr. Fred Frankel

PEERS® may help the students with:
• Interacting with others through conversations
• Choosing friends
• Entering groups
• Building confidence in social situations
• Navigating teasing and bullying
• And much more!

Who may benefit from the PEERS® course?
• PEERS® has a strong evidence based use with teens with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and is currently being researched with young adults with ASD. It has been studied in those with ADHD and because it targets skill development, it may have widespread benefit.
• Studies have demonstrated applicability to children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and problems with obesity.
• We are accepting young adults 18 and up. Instructors will interview to ensure participants would benefit from the group.

Important facts:
• Each student must also have a “coach” attend a separate session offered at the same time as the participant’s session, led by a different instructor.
• The coach can be a parent or caregiver who lives with or can work with the participant regularly enough during the week between sessions to reinforce skills learned and help the student do assigned tasks.
• This is a 14 week class, offered Mondays from October 24 through January 30 from 6pm to 7:30pm. (No class December 26.)
• The cost is $350 or $25 per week and covers both the student and the coach. Scholarships may be available upon request.
• The instructors for this course are Certified PEERS® Instructors Victoria Morrison, SLP; Mary Kaye Ormiston, MS Ed. Psy, speech-language therapist and behaviorist; Kathy Simone, BA Ed., Director of Employment Resources; and Amy Wilson, MA Ed., Medicaid Service Coordinator

Where:
Transitions
2736 State Highway 30 | Mayfield, NY 12117
www.transitionsusa.org

For more information and to register, call Nancy DeSando at (518) 773-2050 or email desandn@lexcenter.org.

Jan
2
6:00 pm18:00

PEERS® Social Success Course

  • Transitions

Is there a young adult in your life who could use some help in social situations? Starting October 24, we are presenting PEERS®, an in-depth course aimed at helping young people succeed socially. Anyone within the targeted age group can register.

What is PEERS®?
• The Program for the Evaluation and Enrichment of Relational Skills
• A parent-assisted intervention which is focused on teens in middle and high school who are having trouble making and keeping friends. The intervention is currently being researched with young adults as well.
• Developed at UCLA in 2005 by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson and Dr. Fred Frankel

PEERS® may help the students with:
• Interacting with others through conversations
• Choosing friends
• Entering groups
• Building confidence in social situations
• Navigating teasing and bullying
• And much more!

Who may benefit from the PEERS® course?
• PEERS® has a strong evidence based use with teens with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and is currently being researched with young adults with ASD. It has been studied in those with ADHD and because it targets skill development, it may have widespread benefit.
• Studies have demonstrated applicability to children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and problems with obesity.
• We are accepting young adults 18 and up. Instructors will interview to ensure participants would benefit from the group.

Important facts:
• Each student must also have a “coach” attend a separate session offered at the same time as the participant’s session, led by a different instructor.
• The coach can be a parent or caregiver who lives with or can work with the participant regularly enough during the week between sessions to reinforce skills learned and help the student do assigned tasks.
• This is a 14 week class, offered Mondays from October 24 through January 30 from 6pm to 7:30pm. (No class December 26.)
• The cost is $350 or $25 per week and covers both the student and the coach. Scholarships may be available upon request.
• The instructors for this course are Certified PEERS® Instructors Victoria Morrison, SLP; Mary Kaye Ormiston, MS Ed. Psy, speech-language therapist and behaviorist; Kathy Simone, BA Ed., Director of Employment Resources; and Amy Wilson, MA Ed., Medicaid Service Coordinator

Where:
Transitions
2736 State Highway 30 | Mayfield, NY 12117
www.transitionsusa.org

For more information and to register, call Nancy DeSando at (518) 773-2050 or email desandn@lexcenter.org.

Dec
19
6:00 pm18:00

PEERS® Social Success Course

  • Transitions

Is there a young adult in your life who could use some help in social situations? Starting October 24, we are presenting PEERS®, an in-depth course aimed at helping young people succeed socially. Anyone within the targeted age group can register.

What is PEERS®?
• The Program for the Evaluation and Enrichment of Relational Skills
• A parent-assisted intervention which is focused on teens in middle and high school who are having trouble making and keeping friends. The intervention is currently being researched with young adults as well.
• Developed at UCLA in 2005 by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson and Dr. Fred Frankel

PEERS® may help the students with:
• Interacting with others through conversations
• Choosing friends
• Entering groups
• Building confidence in social situations
• Navigating teasing and bullying
• And much more!

Who may benefit from the PEERS® course?
• PEERS® has a strong evidence based use with teens with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and is currently being researched with young adults with ASD. It has been studied in those with ADHD and because it targets skill development, it may have widespread benefit.
• Studies have demonstrated applicability to children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and problems with obesity.
• We are accepting young adults 18 and up. Instructors will interview to ensure participants would benefit from the group.

Important facts:
• Each student must also have a “coach” attend a separate session offered at the same time as the participant’s session, led by a different instructor.
• The coach can be a parent or caregiver who lives with or can work with the participant regularly enough during the week between sessions to reinforce skills learned and help the student do assigned tasks.
• This is a 14 week class, offered Mondays from October 24 through January 30 from 6pm to 7:30pm. (No class December 26.)
• The cost is $350 or $25 per week and covers both the student and the coach. Scholarships may be available upon request.
• The instructors for this course are Certified PEERS® Instructors Victoria Morrison, SLP; Mary Kaye Ormiston, MS Ed. Psy, speech-language therapist and behaviorist; Kathy Simone, BA Ed., Director of Employment Resources; and Amy Wilson, MA Ed., Medicaid Service Coordinator

Where:
Transitions
2736 State Highway 30 | Mayfield, NY 12117
www.transitionsusa.org

For more information and to register, call Nancy DeSando at (518) 773-2050 or email desandn@lexcenter.org.

Dec
17
10:00 am10:00

Autism Movement Therapy and Creative Movement

  • Lexington Family Services

AMT and Creative Movement is a movement and music integration strategy combining patterning, visual movement, calculation, audible processing, rhythm and sequencing for a “whole brain” cognitive thinking approach that can significantly improve behavioral, emotional, academic, social, speech and language skills. This session will be targeted toward ages 5-18. Parent participation is required. Come dressed to move and have fun!

Dec
16
6:00 pm18:00

SIB Street

  • Lexington Family Services

A support group for the siblings (ages 8-15) of individuals who are diagnosed with developmental disabilities.

Dec
14
12:00 pm12:00

PARENT ROUND TABLE

  • Lexington Family Services

Please join Sharon Marrella, a regional coordinator at Parent to Parent of NYS, as she presents on understanding supports and services administered by OPWDD. The purpose of this training is to introduce families to the language of service delivery systems and to define and clarify information about services and supports. Participants will gain an increased awareness and understanding of eligibility criteria and the eligibility determination process. The training includes an overview of Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC), Home and Community-Based Waiver, and Family Support Services.

Dec
12
6:00 pm18:00

PEERS® Social Success Course

  • Transitions

Is there a young adult in your life who could use some help in social situations? Starting October 24, we are presenting PEERS®, an in-depth course aimed at helping young people succeed socially. Anyone within the targeted age group can register.

What is PEERS®?
• The Program for the Evaluation and Enrichment of Relational Skills
• A parent-assisted intervention which is focused on teens in middle and high school who are having trouble making and keeping friends. The intervention is currently being researched with young adults as well.
• Developed at UCLA in 2005 by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson and Dr. Fred Frankel

PEERS® may help the students with:
• Interacting with others through conversations
• Choosing friends
• Entering groups
• Building confidence in social situations
• Navigating teasing and bullying
• And much more!

Who may benefit from the PEERS® course?
• PEERS® has a strong evidence based use with teens with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and is currently being researched with young adults with ASD. It has been studied in those with ADHD and because it targets skill development, it may have widespread benefit.
• Studies have demonstrated applicability to children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and problems with obesity.
• We are accepting young adults 18 and up. Instructors will interview to ensure participants would benefit from the group.

Important facts:
• Each student must also have a “coach” attend a separate session offered at the same time as the participant’s session, led by a different instructor.
• The coach can be a parent or caregiver who lives with or can work with the participant regularly enough during the week between sessions to reinforce skills learned and help the student do assigned tasks.
• This is a 14 week class, offered Mondays from October 24 through January 30 from 6pm to 7:30pm. (No class December 26.)
• The cost is $350 or $25 per week and covers both the student and the coach. Scholarships may be available upon request.
• The instructors for this course are Certified PEERS® Instructors Victoria Morrison, SLP; Mary Kaye Ormiston, MS Ed. Psy, speech-language therapist and behaviorist; Kathy Simone, BA Ed., Director of Employment Resources; and Amy Wilson, MA Ed., Medicaid Service Coordinator

Where:
Transitions
2736 State Highway 30 | Mayfield, NY 12117
www.transitionsusa.org

For more information and to register, call Nancy DeSando at (518) 773-2050 or email desandn@lexcenter.org.

Dec
8
6:00 pm18:00

Webinar: Preventing Parent Burnout for Parents of Children with Special Needs

  • The Center at Lexington

Please join Mayalice Fegeley, a regional coordinator at Parent to Parent of NYS, as she presents this webinar on Preventing Burnout for Parents of Children with Special Needs. Extraordinary parenting responsibilities create extraordinary pressures on parents. At the same time, parenting a child with special needs requires energy, focus and enthusiasm to be effective in the role. The better off we are emotionally and physically, the better off our families will be.
 

Dec
5
6:00 pm18:00

PEERS® Social Success Course

  • Transitions

Is there a young adult in your life who could use some help in social situations? Starting October 24, we are presenting PEERS®, an in-depth course aimed at helping young people succeed socially. Anyone within the targeted age group can register.

What is PEERS®?
• The Program for the Evaluation and Enrichment of Relational Skills
• A parent-assisted intervention which is focused on teens in middle and high school who are having trouble making and keeping friends. The intervention is currently being researched with young adults as well.
• Developed at UCLA in 2005 by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson and Dr. Fred Frankel

PEERS® may help the students with:
• Interacting with others through conversations
• Choosing friends
• Entering groups
• Building confidence in social situations
• Navigating teasing and bullying
• And much more!

Who may benefit from the PEERS® course?
• PEERS® has a strong evidence based use with teens with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and is currently being researched with young adults with ASD. It has been studied in those with ADHD and because it targets skill development, it may have widespread benefit.
• Studies have demonstrated applicability to children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and problems with obesity.
• We are accepting young adults 18 and up. Instructors will interview to ensure participants would benefit from the group.

Important facts:
• Each student must also have a “coach” attend a separate session offered at the same time as the participant’s session, led by a different instructor.
• The coach can be a parent or caregiver who lives with or can work with the participant regularly enough during the week between sessions to reinforce skills learned and help the student do assigned tasks.
• This is a 14 week class, offered Mondays from October 24 through January 30 from 6pm to 7:30pm. (No class December 26.)
• The cost is $350 or $25 per week and covers both the student and the coach. Scholarships may be available upon request.
• The instructors for this course are Certified PEERS® Instructors Victoria Morrison, SLP; Mary Kaye Ormiston, MS Ed. Psy, speech-language therapist and behaviorist; Kathy Simone, BA Ed., Director of Employment Resources; and Amy Wilson, MA Ed., Medicaid Service Coordinator

Where:
Transitions
2736 State Highway 30 | Mayfield, NY 12117
www.transitionsusa.org

For more information and to register, call Nancy DeSando at (518) 773-2050 or email desandn@lexcenter.org.

Nov
29
6:00 pm18:00

Webinar: Effective Communication for CSE Meetings

  • The Center at Lexington

Please join Trish Washburn, education advocate at Parent to Parent of NYS, as she presents a webinar on effective communication for CSE meetings. This workshop will help participants learn to promote collaborative relationships with school district staff.

Nov
28
6:00 pm18:00

PEERS® Social Success Course

  • Transitions

Is there a young adult in your life who could use some help in social situations? Starting October 24, we are presenting PEERS®, an in-depth course aimed at helping young people succeed socially. Anyone within the targeted age group can register.

What is PEERS®?
• The Program for the Evaluation and Enrichment of Relational Skills
• A parent-assisted intervention which is focused on teens in middle and high school who are having trouble making and keeping friends. The intervention is currently being researched with young adults as well.
• Developed at UCLA in 2005 by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson and Dr. Fred Frankel

PEERS® may help the students with:
• Interacting with others through conversations
• Choosing friends
• Entering groups
• Building confidence in social situations
• Navigating teasing and bullying
• And much more!

Who may benefit from the PEERS® course?
• PEERS® has a strong evidence based use with teens with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and is currently being researched with young adults with ASD. It has been studied in those with ADHD and because it targets skill development, it may have widespread benefit.
• Studies have demonstrated applicability to children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and problems with obesity.
• We are accepting young adults 18 and up. Instructors will interview to ensure participants would benefit from the group.

Important facts:
• Each student must also have a “coach” attend a separate session offered at the same time as the participant’s session, led by a different instructor.
• The coach can be a parent or caregiver who lives with or can work with the participant regularly enough during the week between sessions to reinforce skills learned and help the student do assigned tasks.
• This is a 14 week class, offered Mondays from October 24 through January 30 from 6pm to 7:30pm. (No class December 26.)
• The cost is $350 or $25 per week and covers both the student and the coach. Scholarships may be available upon request.
• The instructors for this course are Certified PEERS® Instructors Victoria Morrison, SLP; Mary Kaye Ormiston, MS Ed. Psy, speech-language therapist and behaviorist; Kathy Simone, BA Ed., Director of Employment Resources; and Amy Wilson, MA Ed., Medicaid Service Coordinator

Where:
Transitions
2736 State Highway 30 | Mayfield, NY 12117
www.transitionsusa.org

For more information and to register, call Nancy DeSando at (518) 773-2050 or email desandn@lexcenter.org.

Nov
21
6:00 pm18:00

PEERS® Social Success Course

  • Transitions

Is there a young adult in your life who could use some help in social situations? Starting October 24, we are presenting PEERS®, an in-depth course aimed at helping young people succeed socially. Anyone within the targeted age group can register.

What is PEERS®?
• The Program for the Evaluation and Enrichment of Relational Skills
• A parent-assisted intervention which is focused on teens in middle and high school who are having trouble making and keeping friends. The intervention is currently being researched with young adults as well.
• Developed at UCLA in 2005 by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson and Dr. Fred Frankel

PEERS® may help the students with:
• Interacting with others through conversations
• Choosing friends
• Entering groups
• Building confidence in social situations
• Navigating teasing and bullying
• And much more!

Who may benefit from the PEERS® course?
• PEERS® has a strong evidence based use with teens with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and is currently being researched with young adults with ASD. It has been studied in those with ADHD and because it targets skill development, it may have widespread benefit.
• Studies have demonstrated applicability to children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and problems with obesity.
• We are accepting young adults 18 and up. Instructors will interview to ensure participants would benefit from the group.

Important facts:
• Each student must also have a “coach” attend a separate session offered at the same time as the participant’s session, led by a different instructor.
• The coach can be a parent or caregiver who lives with or can work with the participant regularly enough during the week between sessions to reinforce skills learned and help the student do assigned tasks.
• This is a 14 week class, offered Mondays from October 24 through January 30 from 6pm to 7:30pm. (No class December 26.)
• The cost is $350 or $25 per week and covers both the student and the coach. Scholarships may be available upon request.
• The instructors for this course are Certified PEERS® Instructors Victoria Morrison, SLP; Mary Kaye Ormiston, MS Ed. Psy, speech-language therapist and behaviorist; Kathy Simone, BA Ed., Director of Employment Resources; and Amy Wilson, MA Ed., Medicaid Service Coordinator

Where:
Transitions
2736 State Highway 30 | Mayfield, NY 12117
www.transitionsusa.org

For more information and to register, call Nancy DeSando at (518) 773-2050 or email desandn@lexcenter.org.