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A randomized trial of the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS ®) for teenagers with acquired brain injury or cerebral palsy

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A randomized trial of the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS ®) for teenagers with acquired brain injury or cerebral palsy.

 

For teenagers with acquired brain injuries (ABI) or cerebral palsy (CP), making and maintaining social networks can be a challenge. This study aims to determine if the PEERS® program can improve their social skills and their ability to make and maintain friendships.

 

Who can participate? Teens who:

  • Are 11 to 17 years of age and attend mainstream high school
  • Have a diagnosis of acquired brain injury (at least 12 months post ABI) or cerebral palsy.
  • Have difficulty with social skills and making and maintaining friendships.

 

What is involved?

The PEERS® program is comprised of 14 weekly sessions of 90 minutes, led by a therapist. The program is delivered to 10 teens, while a concurrent parent group is run in a different room.

This program will start in February 2018 at Cerebral Palsy Alliance Ryde, Mondays from 5pm to 6:30pm .

 

Benefits:

  • The program may enhance your teen’s social skills and help develop their skills to make and keep friends. As a result this may improve their long term psychological well-being and quality of life.
  • You will be assisting us to gather information that may influence the way social skills training for teens with ABI or CP is delivered and provide better outcomes for their future.

 

If you would like to find out more please contact: Isabelle Balde – ibalde@cerebralpalsy.org.au – 02 9975 8928,  Dr Sarah McIntyre – smcintyre@cerebralpalsy.org.au or Dr Hayley Smithers-Sheedy – hsmitherssheedy@cerebralpalsy.org.au