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Social Skills Groups
at Cheerful Chatter

South Jersey Social Skills Classes
Near Philadelphia, PA

PEERS: Social Skills Classes

Is your middle or high school student or young adult struggling with conversations, socializing or making friends? Consider PEERS!  Cheerful Chatter was the first to offer PEERS in southern New Jersey!

PEERS: Research-based. Evidence-based. Parent-assisted.

The one that works! Each of these interventions were developed at UCLA after decades of research and numerous clinical trials to ensure their effectiveness. Our Certified Provider will teach your child how to socialize with their peers.
PEERS IS APPROPRIATE FOR
MOTIVATED INDIVIDUALS WITH:
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High-Functioning Autism

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Aspergers's Syndrome

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Social Anxiety

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Depression

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ADHD

Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, Psy.D. &
Ellen McSpadden, MA, CCC-SLP, CAS
​Speech-Language Pathologist & Certified Autism Specialist
Problems & Solutions
My son has been in his social skills group for years.
  • Years? Our goal is to teach both you and your child the necessary skills in a way that results in genuine, measurable progress across multiple people and various settings… efficiently and thoroughly. It takes a lot of practice, some might need to take a particular course a second time, but it should not take years.
We can't find a group that meets his needs.
  • PEERS was designed for individuals who are often left out… either because they’re too smart or too old.
  • PEERS helps children, teens, and young adults when they need it most!
He loves his social skills group and he's made friends there, but he still struggles at school.
  • “Friendship-matching” groups are based on the assumption that because kids share the same diagnosis (for example, an allergy to cats), they’ll be friends (for example, with all others that are allergic to cats).
    • Unfortunately, life does not work that way.  Friendships are based on common interests, not diagnoses.
  • “Skill-based” groups (like PEERS) help children learn a second social language.
    • We expect that people who only speak Italian will have significant diffiuclty interacting with people who only speak French.  We instinctively know that if people speak different oral languages, a conversation is likely impossible.
    • What many don’t realize is that there are also different social languages and they come with different routines, steps, and rules.  If two people who use different social languages try to have a conversation, they will probably have difficulty connecting, a mismatch will eventually happen, and the conversation could break down.
    • Our goal is to teach a new social language to those who are struggling… giving them the choice of who to communicate with and how.
Teens and Young Adults find their niche.
Parents become their Social Coach.
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Numerous classes and many hours in the classroom… it’s intense!  But, that’s what it takes to teach the “how-to’s” of a new social language so they can hold conversations and develop friendships with anyone they choose.

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Children, teens, young adults, and their parents/caregivers attend together.  Each class includes a concrete lesson, in-class practice, helpful handouts, peer-to-peer phone calls, and time just for parents/caregivers.

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Lessons include: Conversational Skills, Expanding Social Opportunities, Choosing Appropriate Friends, Developing Friendships, How to Hang-Out, Handling Disagreements & Arguments, Responding to Teasing… Young Adults also receive four lessons on dating etiquette. The course is complete with a Graduation Party… progress like this needs to be celebrated!
On TV & In the Papers

PEERS has been featured in newspapers, on websites and in broadcasts throughout the country and around the world. It works that well! The links below will lead you straight to each source… Interested in the research? Click here.

Additional Details
Our Ideal Tweens & Teens
  • Are behaviorally independent and successful in mainstream classes
  • Have at or near-average oral language skills
  • Are struggling to socialize, make, and keep friends
  • Will enter the target grade in September 2022
Social Programs
  • Parent attendance and participation is required… their progress depends on it!
  • All class sizes are limited.
  • Cheerful Chatter’s classes are based on the research, evidence, and programs from UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.  They are research-based, evidence-based, and parent-assisted (a critical detail).
    • The elementary program is based on the Children’s Friendship Training Program
    • The middle and high school programs are based on PEERS for Adolescents
    • The young adult program is based on PEERS for Young Adults
  • All classes include written handouts, peer-to-peer practice and phone calls, and time just for parents.
Pricing
  • Registration is not complete & their seat is not guaranteed until payment has been received.
    • – Cost is determined by the schedule, number of classes, and will be introduced with the new schedule.
    • – Payments made by a credit or debit card will incur a non-refundable surcharge.
  • Refunds will not be issued regardless of reason.

OUR CLASSES ARE COMING BACK!

Classes Begin October 2022

Enrollment will begin soon.  Fill out a contact form below to let us know you are interested.